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Offline Manupright

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Not research, but news of sporting deaths
« on: September 09, 2006, 01:34:35 PM »
These probably won't find their way into the "Endurance Deaths" section of ADV's site, so I thought I'd put a link to them here. It's rather worrying that apparently fit and healthy people can drop dead in an instant.

A sporting death that occurred this afternoon: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_conf/5331422.stm. The player's personal file on http://www.hinckleyunitedfc.co.uk/ (club info menu > player profiles > defence) certainly makes interesting reading.

A similar death from a week or two ago: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/5301282.stm.

Other deaths of a similar nature have occurred in recent years: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/3428803.stm (also see http://www.footballportugal.com.pt/_news_/miklos_feher_/miklos_feher_.html) and http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/3039356.stm.

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Re: Not research, but news of sporting deaths
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2006, 01:48:24 PM »
These kinds of deaths worry me as well.  My younger brother is on an elite (well, for 13-year-olds) soccer team with intense practices almost every day, plus he goes to a personal trainer once a week.  I try not to worry since he's so young, but if he keeps it up even into his early 20's it looks like he could be in for trouble.  My dad, his chief motivator/instigator in matters of sport, refuses to listen to any opinion I may have on training intensity or diet.  :(


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Re: Not research, but news of sporting deaths
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2006, 02:11:25 PM »
As a teenager I played all the time and ran the cross-country, all while suffering from asthma. The mainstays of my diet at the time were chocolate and soft drinks. I'd usually spend ages sprawled on the ground after a race.

I shudder when I think back. Then again, even in more recent times I had the notion that it might be good to run 15 miles or so in the middle of the night.

Fortunately, it seems that there are football/soccer players who enjoy long careers without serious health repercussions.

A lot of news articles I've read on the matter suggest that sudden sports deaths result from genetic conditions, but I wonder whether the dietary advice commonly given to athletes ("10g of carbs per kg of body-weight" and similar abominations) may play a more important role.