National athletic trainers' association position statement: preventing sudden death in sports

J Athl Train. Jan-Feb 2012;47(1):96-118. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-47.1.96.

Abstract

Objective: To present recommendations for the prevention and screening, recognition, and treatment of the most common conditions resulting in sudden death in organized sports.

Background: Cardiac conditions, head injuries, neck injuries, exertional heat stroke, exertional sickling, asthma, and other factors (eg, lightning, diabetes) are the most common causes of death in athletes.

Recommendations: These guidelines are intended to provide relevant information on preventing sudden death in sports and to give specific recommendations for certified athletic trainers and others participating in athletic health care.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Athletes
  • Athletic Injuries / mortality*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / mortality
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / prevention & control
  • Death, Sudden / prevention & control*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / mortality
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Heart Arrest / mortality
  • Heart Arrest / prevention & control
  • Heat Stroke / mortality
  • Heat Stroke / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Hyponatremia / mortality
  • Hyponatremia / prevention & control
  • Spinal Injuries / mortality
  • Spinal Injuries / prevention & control
  • Sports*