When Buffalo Bills football player Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field, spectators were stunned. The immediate medical attention he received saved his life. As news about his condition unfolds, many parents of young athletes wonder what commotio cordis is. Could it happen to their child at a practice or a game? What can parents do to protect student athletes?
While it is not possible to prevent commotio cordis completely, there are ways to reduce the risk and improve the outcomes if a player has a hit to the chest, including:
This information was reviewed by Robert C. Cantu, MD, director of the Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Health and a renowned medical expert in sports safety.