Preventing sudden death in collegiate conditioning sessions


Preventing sudden death in collegiate conditioning sessions




Wednesday, June 12, 2013


11:00 am – 12:15pm CST


Free for members


Douglas, Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA


For the past 10 years Dr. Casa has been a professor at UConn focusing on educational and research efforts on trying to expand our knowledge base regarding heat and hydration issues with athletes. Dr. Casa is also the COO of the Korey Stringer Institute,and currently has over 130 publications.  He recently chaired a new a position statement from the NATA on preventing sudden death in sport (the first of its kind) in 2012, and also in 2012, he chaired an inter-association task force statement on preventing sudden death during collegiate conditioning sessions.


Since 2000, a total of 21 NCAA football players have died during conditioning workouts, with the three most common causes being sickle cell trait (SCT), exertional heat stroke, and cardiac conditions.  In addition, 11 of the 21 deaths occurred during the 1st or 2nd day workouts. The purpose of this presentation is to provide guidelines that can be implemented to reduce these incidences and ultimately help to prevent these deaths.

Clinical Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe preventative methods to reduce incidence of death during conditioning sessions
  • Understand/describe factors that contribute to the development of the causes of death during conditioning sessions
  • Describe the measures that need to be in place in order to appropriately handle an emergency medical scenario that could arise during a conditioning session

Athletic Training Domain:

Injury/illness prevention
Immediate and emergency care

Course Level:

Advanced Level

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