On Friday, April 16, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) hosted McDonogh (Md.) at Hargaden Field. With time ticking down in the first quarter and the Eagles leading 4-0, McDonogh attackman McCabe Millon took a shot from the point on fastbreak. Loyola freshman defenseman Peter Laake rotated upfield and “ate” the shot (as it’s colloquially referred to) in… Continue reading The Ultimate Return to Play: Loyola Blakefield’s Peter Laake After Suffering Commotio Cordis
Unequal Technologies, the leading provider of customized and concealed sports protection gear, is advocating for the date of March 25 to become Commotio Cordis Awareness Day. The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation has partnered with Unequal Technologies and other organizations to encourage parents and athletes to learn about and protect athletes from Commotio Cordis – the second-ranked cause of sports fatalities. This day also advocates for leading organizations like U.S. Lacrosse, NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to mandate Commotio Cordis protection for its players.
Referee Jeff Bambrick remembers the moment he saw Samuel Deming collapse during the championship game. About two minutes remained when an offensive player fired a shot at the goal that struck Deming instead. Initially, it appeared that he had just been hit in the lower abdomen as he crumpled to the ground. The coach and… Continue reading How Hands-Only CPR Saved a Lacrosse Player’s Life
An eight-year-old Texan boy’s heart stopped beating when he got hit in the chest by a baseball while he was playing was playing in a little league tournament on Thursday. After being hit in the chest, Kekoa Ramirez took a moment’s pause and attempted to continued playing, throwing the ball to second base. But… Continue reading 8-Year-Old Baseball Player Gets Hit by a Ball, It Stops His Heart
GLEN MILLS, Pa. (WPVI) -- You may not have heard of Commotio Cordis, but this strike to the heart by a hand, ball or stick is one of the top killers in youth sports. In Glen Mills, Delaware County they are designing and creating something small and featherweight that's taking big steps to change those… Continue reading VIDEO – Man’s invention making sports safer for everyone
Coach Difusco of the Patriots Youth Travel Football points out today a real shortfall in legislation and studies trying to reduce brain injuries in athletes. Voldoz of West Cook News focuses mostly on CTE and football, but highlighted Difusco's point that legislation "does not address other organized sports that could cause injuries such as soccer,… Continue reading Thanks for kindling the fire Difusco, let’s work together to get this cause burning
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Mark Link, a professor of medicine and director of cardiac electrophysiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a nationally recognized expert in commotio cordis, has partnered with a sports gear company called Unequal Technologies to create new and more effective protection from the hazard. They’ve spent nearly five years developing a chest guard… Continue reading High-tech chest protector thwarts sudden death in young athletes.
On Saturday, commotio cordis may have occurred in the minor leagues. Sadly, a 20-year old Brewers minor-leaguer goes into cardiac arrest after being struck by pitch. Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer Julio Mendez suffered a cardiac event after being hit by a pitch Saturday night and is hospitalized in critical but stable condition, the team announced… Continue reading Minor League Player Takes Hit to the Chest and Goes Down
Patrick Plunkett, 12, survives an often-fatal strike to the chest. Patrick watched as the low pitch ended up over the middle of the plate, not inside like he had hoped. The batter crushed the ball, sending a line drive straight back at Patrick, hitting him in the chest. He fell limp to the mound. His… Continue reading A pitch, a hit, and a miracle