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Football: "We want to globally determine deaths for the first time"

Interview with Dr. Jürgen Scharhag, Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine , Saarland University

Sudden deaths of football players make headlines time after time: competitive athletes who are the idols of many people die just when they are on the playing field and in the limelight. Congenital heart defects often cause their death. Sports physicians and FIFA now plan to ascertain data that can help improve preventive examinations in competitive football.

02/06/2014

Photo: Physician with short black hair and white coat - Dr. Jürgen Scharhag; Copyright: private

Dr. Jürgen Scharhag; © private

Photo: Entry from of a homepage; Copyright: Saarland University

This is the entryform of the FIFA-SDR - Sudden Death in Football; ©Saarland University

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When football players suddenly collapse on the playing field and require resuscitation, tha cause may be a congenital heart defect. The defect may have caused sudden cardiac arrest (iconic picture); ©panthermedia.net/ pacoayala

Photo: Timo Roth; Copyright: B. Frommann

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