Student-athletes are viewed as some of the healthiest members of society, so sudden cardiac deaths are always shocking. Various causes of these incidents can occur in one of every 40,000 student-athletes per year. And though many athletes with heart conditions can live a normal life and not experience health-related problems, sudden fatality from a heart condition is the leading medical cause of death in NCAA athletes, responsible for 75 percent of all sudden deaths that occur during exercise, training or competition. But by providing training to coaches and team medical staff, and reporting signs and symptoms, we can provide all athletes with a healthy and exciting sports career.
Last Updated: January 17, 2014