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(Formerly Inventi Rapid/Impact: Sports Medicine)


  • Inventi:hsm/90/14
    John P Higgins, Aldo Andino

    Sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young competitive athletes (<35 years old) is a tragic event that has been brought to public attention in the past few decades. The incidence of SCD is reported to be 1-2/100,000 per year, with athletes at a 2.5 times higher risk. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, played by people of all ages. However, unfortunately it is cardiovascular diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy that have subtly missed screening and claimed the lives of soccer stars such asMarcVivien Foe andAntonio Puerta during live action on the field and on an internationally televised stage. This paper covers the physiological demands of soccer and the relationship between soccer and SCD. It also reviews themost common causes of SCD in young athletes, discusses the current guidelines in place by The F´ed´eration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for screening among professional soccer players, and the precautions that have been put in place to prevent SCD on the field in professional soccer.

    How to Cite this Article
    CC Compliant Citation: John P. Higgins and Aldo Andino, “Soccer and Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Competitive Athletes: A Review,” Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 2013, Article ID 967183, 7 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/967183. Copyright © 2013 John P. Higgins and Aldo Andino. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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