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Volume 32, Nº 1, January and February 2019


DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.5935/2359-4802.20180087


Sudden Cardiac Death in Sports: Not a Fatality!

Nabil Ghorayeb

Clea Simone Sabino de Souza Colombo

Ricardo Contesini Francisco

Thiago Ghorayeb Garcia


Sudden cardiac death in sports is still controversial. Despite being a rare event, the death of an apparently healthy young athlete causes a major impact on the media. On the other hand, for being a rare event, it is clearly undervalued. Sports preparticipation cardiological assessment is one of the most effective preventive medical actions for professional and amateur endurance athletes. The regular and supervised practice of physical exercise does not kill. We believe that deaths are triggered by excessive physical training and use of drugs, in individuals with not diagnosed or undervalued heart diseases. It is necessary to make health professionals and athletes aware of the athletes’ physiological limits, in addition to preparing the athletes properly when they try to overcome human limits.

Keywords: Sports; Endurance Exercise; Risk Assessment; Sudden Death; Cardiac Arrest.