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September 23/30, 1998

Preventing Young Athletes' Deaths

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JAMA. 1998;280(12):1041. doi:10.1001/jama.280.12.1041

As thousands of teenage athletes head for the gridiron and other sports venues this fall, a new report calls for more thorough screening procedures to help prevent sudden cardiac deaths.

The report, by Barry J. Maron, MD, director of cardiovascular research at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, appeared September 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Maron said sudden cardiac death affects about one of 200000 high school athletes each year. The causes vary, but heart disease and blows to the chest from baseballs and soccer balls or contact with other athletes are the most common.