Relatively little information is available concerning the incidence of sudden death in athletes in the United States. The present study provides annual incidence rates of sudden athletic deaths in Marion County, Indiana, home of Indianapolis, the 'amateur sports capital of the world.' The overall incidence was 0.04% (18 athletic deaths in 44,481 forensic necropsies). This incidence varied slightly over the 6-year study period: 1985 (0.06%), 1986 (0.03%), 1987 (0.04%), 1988 (0.09%), 1989 (0%), 1990 (0.01%). Of the 18 sudden athletic deaths, 88% were cardiac in origin. A retrospective analysis of preparticipation screening efforts suggests that most of the cardiac conditions responsible for death could have been detected.
- athletic screening tests
- athletic sudden death
- sudden cardiac death
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine