Incidental Findings

The NIH defines Incidental Findings as “a finding concerning an individual research participant that has potential health or reproductive importance and is discovered in the course of conducting research but is beyond the aims of the study.”

Incidental findings discovered during the conduct of research involving Stanford student athletes should be relayed to the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Clinic, as well as to the Team Physician assigned to the team the athlete plays on. Incidental findings should be reported to the aforementioned parties within 5 working days from Protocol Investigator learning of the information. Results will be conveyed to the athlete as soon as possible, but no longer than 5 working days from discovery. The information should also be recorded and reported as per other regulatory requirements. 

Investigators working with Stanford student athletes as research participants should incorporate an “Incidental Findings” section into the protocol’s Informed Consent Form. This section should detail how incidental findings will be handled by the research team, including the members of the athlete's medical team who will be informed, as well as any protocol-specific measures that will be taken. This section should be reviewed with each athlete at the time of Informed Consent.


Sports Medicine Clinic Medical Director:

Dr. Geoffrey Abrams

The Sports Medicine Center’s main phone number is (650) 725-8202. All calls will be answered during business hours. If you call after hours to book an appointment, your call will be promptly returned the next business morning. If you have an after hours emergency, please contact your team's Athletic Trainer or call 9-1-1.

Please call the Sports Medicine Center to determine the contact information for the Team Physician assigned to the athlete's team. 

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