Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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

What is the progression of care for an athlete who experiences commotio cordis?

Dr. Jeffrey Rayborn discusses the recovery process for high school and college athletes who survive commotio cordis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


If an athlete is properly treated and survives, there will be a follow-up visit with a cardiologist for cardiac testing. Most of the testing will return normal results, verifying that the episode was caused by commotio cordis and not some underlying abnormality. The return to play will vary depending on different factors, including the doctor’s opinion and the individual’s specific situation.

    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