Navigation Links
Study Shows Simple Measures May Help Prevent Sudden Death Event in Young Athletes

A blunt, non-penetrating hit to the chest from a baseball or hockey puck at just the right time could cause sudden death in an athlete. The condition, commotio cordis and its prevention were investigated in the March/April issue of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Rosemont, IL (Vocus) February 24, 2009 -- A blunt, non-penetrating hit to the chest from a baseball or hockey puck at just the right time could cause sudden death in an athlete. The condition, commotio cordis and its prevention were investigated in the March/April issue of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach

According to the study, more than 190 cases of commotio cordis have been reported in the United States with 47% occurring during athletic participation. Twenty percent of reported sudden-death cases in young athletes are attributed to commotio cordis, second only to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or thickened heart muscles. This number may be considerably higher due to lack of recognition and underreporting.

The authors' research suggests that young males, ages 4 to 18, appear to be at the greatest risk. This might be attributable to an increase in the flexibility of their chest wall, although more research still needs to be conducted to confirm this conclusion.

"Twenty-five percent of the reported cases were in youth baseball where pitches averaged 30-50 mph upon time of impact with an individual's chest. Our research illustrates that the harder the projectile and the straighter the path to the chest, the greater the chance for commotio cordis to occur," said lead author, Mark S. Link, MD of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.

The increased use of chest protectors and soft, age appropriate "safety" baseballs are now recommended in youth baseball leagues by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Division to reduce commotio cordis risk and other injuries. "The best preventative measures may be changes in the rules, i.e. eliminating blocking shots with the chest in lacrosse and hockey players and coaching players to protect their chests," said Link. "Increased awareness of commotio cordis is also imperative, especially in those that may be first responders such as parents, coaches, game officials and medical personnel. In addition, with the increased use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at athletic events, commotio cordis survival rates will improve."

Published bimonthly, Sports Health is a collaborative publication from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), and the Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS). Other organizations participating in the publication include the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM). For more information on the publication or to submit a manuscript, visit

For additional questions, please contact Lisa Weisenberger, AOSSM Director of Communications at 847-292-4900 or send an e-mail to lisa @


Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
2. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
3. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
4. Study suggests loss of 2 types of neurons -- not just 1 -- triggers Parkinsons symptoms
5. Study says COPD testing is not measuring up
6. Preclinical study suggests organ-transplant drug may aid in lupus fight
7. Ability to cope with stress can increase good cholesterol in older white men, study finds
8. High alcohol consumption increases stroke risk, Tulane study says
9. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
10. Pitt study finds inequality in tobacco advertising
11. Stanford study highlights cost-effective method of lowering heart disease risks
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Study Shows Simple Measures May Help Prevent Sudden Death Event in Young Athletes 
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Patients at Serenity ... have come together on Thanksgiving Day to share the things that they are ... the Serenity Point YouTube channel, patients displayed what they wrote on index cards, ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... CognisantMD and ... diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean Platform, family physicians can ... from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need for redundant patient entry ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... 2015 , ... The Catalent Applied Drug Delivery Institute today ... dose form selection in early phase drug development. The first of these is ... together the UK’s emerging life sciences companies, corporate partners, and investors, at Milton ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , ... November 26, 2015 , ... PRMA Plastic Surgery ... 19, 2015, our surgeons performed their 6,000th free flap breast reconstruction surgery! , “What ... up every day excited to rebuild lives and it’s an honor to have served ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... new set of retro-fused, self-animating trailer titles with ProTrailer: Vintage. This newly styled ... These classically-influenced trailer titles work with any font, giving users limitless opportunities to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/27/2015)... Ein neuer Kombinationsansatz vereint ... --> Ein neuer Kombinationsansatz vereint Immuntherapie ... --> Ein neuer Kombinationsansatz vereint Immuntherapie ... Clinical Cancer Research vom 6. November ... vom 6. November 2015 berichtet. --> ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Nov. 26, 2015 ... of the "2016 Global Tumor Marker ... Volume and Sales Segment Forecasts, Innovative Technologies, ... report to their offering. --> ... the "2016 Global Tumor Marker Testing ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Carolina , 26 november 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... (AAIPharma/CML) kondigt de geplande investering aan van ... van de laboratoria en het mondiale hoofdkantoor ... De uitbreiding zal resulteren in extra kantoorruimte ... voldaan aan de groeiende behoeften van de ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: