Author(s): Rao AL, Standaert CJ, Drezner JA, Herring SA
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Abstract Sudden cardiac death in young athletes has become a highly visible public health concern. Over the past 2 decades, unexplained or premature deaths of numerous athletes at the youth, collegiate, and professional levels have garnered extensive media coverage and stimulated a discussion centered on prevention of such tragic events. A number of issues related to the prevention and management of sudden cardiac arrest on the playing field are currently debated in the medical literature, including the true incidence of sudden death in the young athletic population, the adequacy of the preparticipation physical evaluation, and the emergency response and effectiveness of secondary prevention strategies such as use of automated external defibrillators in the athletic setting. Clinicians who care for competitive athletes and/or cover youth sporting events must be aware of the benefits and limitations of different preparticipation screening programs to identify at-risk athletes, and they must be prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies during athletic participation. Copyright 2010 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Arch Phys Med Rehabil
and referenced in Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies