Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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.
Maron BJ, Poliac LC, Ashare AB, Hall WA. Sudden Death Due to Neck Blows Among Amateur Hockey Players. JAMA. 2003;290(5):599-601. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.599