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by Alanah McGinley on 04/26/07 at 02:13 PM ET
From Reuters via MSNBC,
A blow to the chest of a young athlete from a ball, or hockey stick, or hard collision with another player, can trigger an irregular heartbeat that leads to sudden death — and commercially available chest protectors don’t do what they’re supposed to do, according to a new report.
“A significant proportion (about 40 percent) of sudden deaths reported in young competitive athletes due to blunt chest blows occur despite the presence of commercially available sports equipment generally perceived as protective,”
The study looked at 182 cases of the deadly irregular heartbeat condition “commotio cordis”. Of the 25 deaths analyzed, hockey injuries caused the majority:
The athletes who suffered fatal blunt chest blows were all male and between 5 and 23 years of age; their average age was 15. Thirteen were hockey players (including one goalie), ten were football players, six were lacrosse players (including three goalies), and three were baseball players (all of them catchers).
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