Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Premier Health providers and athletic trainers answer frequently asked questions about sudden cardiac arrest.

How is commotio cordis treated?

Dr. Jeffrey Rayborn discusses how commotio cordis is treated in high school and college athletes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Commotio cordis treatment centers on quick, rapid response by bystanders to give appropriate CPR and defibrillation with an AED as quickly as possible. The quicker an AED can be obtained to shock the athlete’s heart back into a regular cardiac rhythm, greatly enhances survival. Studies show the window for action is about three minutes. The athlete has a much higher chance of survival if the CPR and shock treatment can be given within a three-minute time period from collapse.

If an AED is not immediately available, call 911 and continue to administer CPR until emergency personnel can arrive to aide the athlete.

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Chelsea L. Gilliam, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC

Piqua Family Practice

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Source: Michael W. Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health; Nik Berger, MS, AT, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine – Miami Valley Hospital South; Jeffrey James, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Sean Convery, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Jeffrey Rayborn, MD, Premier Orthopedics