‘Sickle cell traits’: understand why Allan misses Flamengo at altitude for the Libertadores

‘Sickle cell traits’: understand why Allan misses Flamengo at altitude for the Libertadores
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Written by Mauricio Luz, supervised by Matheus Guimarães

• Published on 04/23/2024 – 15:11 • Rio de Janeiro (RJ)

The steering wheel Allanof Flamengois out of the match against Bolivarfrom Bolivia, for third round of the Libertadores group stage. The club reported in the early afternoon of this Tuesday (23), that the player has “sickle cell disease that could impair high performance at altitude”. But what is this term that took the athlete out of the game? Understand below.

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O Throw! contacted doctor Michael Simoni, former Fluminense and Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), who explained it in a way that fans could understand. According to the expert, Allan does not have the same ability to breathe and carry oxygen to the body, which could put the driver at risk.

There is a disease called sickle cell anemia, where the red blood cells have a different shape, consequently, in layman’s terms, they have difficulty carrying oxygen to parts of the body. When a person has sickle cell trait, it does not mean that they have sickle cell anemia, but they genetically have an approximation trait for this disease. A lack of oxygen can lead to difficulty for these red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.

— said Michael Simoni. And he praised Flamengo’s stance:

– The decision was very intelligent on the part of the Medical and Physiology Department in preserving the player’s integrity and not taking any risks. He (Allan) would be an athlete with difficulty carrying oxygen and, if you are going to play at 4000 (meters of altitude) there is a tendency for a lack of oxygenation. A guy doesn’t have the same ability to breathe and carry oxygen to the body. It could put Atelta at risk and it was very prudent and intelligent on Flamengo’s part.

Tite will have a “headache” to play for Flamengo against Bolívar (Photo: Leonardo Lima/AGIF)

In addition to Allan, Flamengo will also be without seven other players for the match against Bolívar. They are: Pedro, Arrascaeta, Everton Cebolinha, Léo Pereira, Erick Pulgar, Ayrton Lucas and Varela.

Flamengo will face Bolívar at almost 4 thousand meters above sea level. The ball will roll for this game in the third round of the group stage this Wednesday (24), at 9:30 pm, at the Hernando Siles Stadium.

The article is in Portuguese

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