August 6, 2003

Sudden Death Due to Neck Blows Among Amateur Hockey Players

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(5):599-601. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.599

To the Editor: While most cases of sudden death among athletes have been linked to a diverse group of cardiovascular diseases,1 we have also reported sports-related sudden deaths triggered by innocent-appearing blows to the chest.2 Here we expand the clinical profile of sudden death among athletes to include blunt blows to the neck during competitive ice hockey.

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