Endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity explores the main causes of sudden death in sport. Each chapter is written by a clinician and a scientist, both of whom are experts in the content area. This approach combines the most current basic science with the most current clinical practices related to the areas covered.
Topics covered include:
• exertional heat stroke • traumatic injury • hyponatremia
• lightning • head injuries • anaphylactic • cervical
spine injuries • congenital cardiac conditions • asthma •
commotio cordis • diabetes • heart disease • exertional sickling
Each chapter contains a case-study which explores a specific sport-related death, and provides a scenario of how the person might have been saved. The text gives examples of both good and bad outcomes. A summary of each topic is included at the end of the book.
Instructors will have access to 15 problem based learning scenarios (PBLs) complete with staged-out instructional implementation, questions, and grading. They cover the range of topics from the book. Additionally, more PBLs will be added on a regular basis as they are developed.
PowerPoint lecture outlines will also be available.
- Cardiac conditions (the leading cause of death in sport) are separated into three chapters to give greater attention to the multiple potential etiologies related to cardiac causes.
- Exertional sickling is offered as a stand alone chapter, for the first time ever in a sports medicine textbook.
- Covers new NCAA guidelines + NFL policies for concussion & NCAA guidelines for exertional sickling.
- Eleven of the top causes of death in sport are each covered in individual chapters. Additionally, another chapter covers anaphylaxis, cold, diabetes, and issues in wilderness medicine situations.
- Supporting chapters focus on issues that can influence the infrastructure to prevent sudden death during sport and physical activity.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 Fatal and Catastrophic Injuries in Athletics: Epidemiological
Data & Challenging Circumstances
Frederick Mueller, PhD, FACSM, Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
- Chapter 2 Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes
Jonathan Drezner, MD
- Chapter 3 Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in Older Athletes
Shishir Mathur, MD, Fawad Kazi, MD, Paul Thompson, MD, FACC, FACSM
- Chapter 4 Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death - Commotio Cordis
John Kalin, MD, Christopher Madias, MD, Mark Link, MD, FACC
- Chapter 5 Exertional Heat Stroke
Rebecca Stearns, MA, ATC, Francis O'Connor, MD, MPH, FACSM, Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, Glen Kenny, PhD
- Chapter 6 Brain Injuries
Jason Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC, Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
- Chapter 7 Cervical Spine Injury
Erik Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA, Kevin Waninger, MD, MS, FACSM
- Chapter 8 Exertional Sickling
E. Randy Eichner, MD, FACSM, Scott Anderson, ATC
- Chapter 9 Traumatic Injuries
Margot Putukian, MD, FACSM, Charlie Thompson, MS, ATC
- Chapter 10 Lightning
Katie Walsh, EdD, ATC, Mary Ann Cooper, MD
- Chapter 11 Asthma
Michael Miller, EdD, ATC, CSCS, Robert Baker, MD, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FAAFP
- Chapter 12 Exertional Hyponatremia
Lawrence Armstrong, PhD, FACSM, Brendon McDermott, PhD, ATC
- Chapter 13 Anaphylactic Shock, Hypothermia, Diabetes, Wilderness Medicine
Susan Yeargin, PhD, ATC, Brad Yeargin, MEd, ATC, CES, Jeffrey Anderson, MD
- Chapter 14 Emergency Action Plans
Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NREMT-I, CSCS
- Chapter 15 Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Sudden Death in Mass Participation
Kevin Ronneberg, MD, William Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM
- Chapter 16 Educational Considerations for the Prevention of Sudden Death
in Sport and Physical Activity
Stephanie Mazerolle, PhD, ATC, Rebecca Lopez, PhD, ATC, CSCS, Tutita Casa, PhD
About the Author(s)
Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA-Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Chief Operating Officer, Korey Stringer Institute, Director, Athletic Training Education, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
For Douglas Casa, the Korey Stringer Institute is the culmination of a life-long
path; his passion for the study of exertional heat stroke started in 1985 when
he suffered an exertional heat stroke while running a 10K race. This experience
motivated what has become his life’s cause: the study of exertional heat
stroke, heat illnesses, hydration, and preventing sudden death in sport –
his ultimate goal is to find ways to prevent needless tragedy during sport and
For the past 11 years, Dr. Casa has worked toward his goal of preventing sudden death in sport at the Department of Kinesiology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut. During this time he has published more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and presented more than 300 times on subjects related to exertional heat stroke, heat-related illnesses, preventing sudden death in sport, and hydration. Dr. Casa has successfully treated more than 130 cases of exertional heat stroke (with 0 fatalities). In October 2010 the Department of Kinesiology doctoral program at the University of Connecticut was ranked number 1 in the country by the National Academy of Kinesiology.
Dr. Casa is the 2008 recipient of the medal for distinguished athletic training research from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was named a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2008. He received the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2007 and has been a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine since 2001. He has been a lead or co-author on numerous sports medicine (ACSM, NATA) position statements related to heat illness and hydration. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Athletic Training, and on the editorial board of Current Sports Medicine Reports, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Casa has worked with numerous media outlets across the country in discussing his research including the NBC Today Show, ESPN, CNN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.