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I would like to commend SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and writer David Epstein (SCORECARD, Feb. 1) for the excellent and informative article on athletes with heart conditions who continue to participate in sports after receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). However, as the principal investigator of the ICD Sports Registry, I wish to clarify the goals of the registry, which may have been distorted by a partial quotation that was highlighted in the presentation of the article.
The research study's goal is to identify athletes with ICDs who have made the decision to participate in sports, and follow them prospectively for two to four years to determine the safety of sports activity for such athletes. As a research study whose function is the collection of data, the ICD Sports Registry (icdsports.org) does not issue recommendations.
Rachel Lampert, M.D.
New Haven, Conn.
Thank you for the inspirational piece on the Lamoureux family (House of Hockey, Feb. 1). After reading Gary Smith's story, I'm paying attention to hockey scores at all levels of play, hoping to catch the name Lamoureux. With kids like this representing the U.S., who wouldn't be proud?
Nathan Woods, Amarillo, Texas
Regarding the dominance of the Connecticut women's basketball program (POINT AFTER, Feb. 1), all NCAA teams have the opportunity to recruit the players who wind up at UConn. The Huskies signed only one high school All-America last year. Where did all the others go? At UConn egos are checked at the door. Coach Geno Auriemma expects the best out of his players, and he gets it.
Paul DiPietro, Wolcott, Conn.