Clemson, SC- Initial tests indicated that Clifton, a sophomore from Greensboro, NC, had a heart abnormality called Long QT Syndrome, a problem that inhibits the repolarization process in the heart, a condition that would have prevented Clifton from playing competitive basketball.
But further tests conducted over the last two weeks have
shown that Clifton
does not have Long QT Syndrome. A feinting spell
earlier this fall was
the result of extreme fatigue. Clifton had a
final battery of tests at
Emory Hospital in Atlanta on Thursday.
Doctors at Emory gave him the green
light to return to practice
"The tests revealed that Dwon does not have any structural
said Clemson basketball physician Dr. Len
Reeves. "He had a different
battery of tests at Emory that showed he
does not have Long QT Syndrome.
He has Vaso-Vagal, which is a common
problem that can lead to feinting
spells, as the result of relative
dehydration and extreme fatigure. We
will continue to monitor Dwon
as he returns to practice this week. He
is not on any medication."
Clifton was pleasantly surprised at the result of the tests.
"I was shocked
because I had prepared myself for the worst," said
Clifton. "I was prepared
to be told that I could not play. This
experience has made my beliefs
in God even stronger. I received all
kinds of e-mails and calls from Clemson
fans who said they were
praying for me. I want to thank them. This is
Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt, who went to Emory on
Thursday to be with
Clifton during the medical testing process was
excited with the news.
"Or course we are very happy for Dwon and
his family. It is reassuring
that the Clemson University medical
staff took the safe approach the last
three weeks. Yesterday there
were tears of joy at the Emory Hospital."
Clifton started 17 of Clemson's 31 games last year. He and
classmate Tony Stockman were the only Tigers to play in every game last year as freshmen. The 6-5 native of High Point, NC averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 assists per game a year ago. His top game was a
10-point, seven-rebound outing at North Carolina late in the year.
He had a season high 12 rebounds
against Washington in a tournament
in Puerto Rico.
Clifton Cleared to Play for Clemson
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