December 1966


Author Affiliations

Division of Medical Research University of Nebraska Lincoln, Neb

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(6):610. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290180086016

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To the Editor:  In the August issue of the Archives, you have published our article on "Cardiac Contusion Resulting From Spearing in Football." There has been a change in this situation that I thought might be of interest to your readers.The subject participated in spring football practice without complications. However, in the position in which he was placed, that of corner line backer, he had occasion frequently to use his chest in blocking. Approximately two weeks after the end of the spring football practice, he appeared at the clinic complaining of chest pain. At that time he was found to be fibrillating. His fibrillation has since ceased and he is physiologically, apparently normal. However, because of the episode of auricular fibrillation, it was felt mandatory to withdraw him from further athletic participation in contact sports.

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