Sudden cardiac death in competitive athletes

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2003 Oct;33(10):589-93. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2003.33.10.589.


Sudden cardiac death in competitive athletes is a rare event in spite of the large numbers participating in organized sports. These tragic episodes usually receive significant media coverage and stimulate intense discussion in the lay and medical communities about how future occurrences might be avoided. This clinical commentary will review a variety of issues concerning sudden cardiac death in competitive athletes, including epidemiology, causes, screening methods, and potential for prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / mortality
  • Cause of Death
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / epidemiology
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Sports Medicine / methods
  • Sports* / statistics & numerical data
  • United States / epidemiology