What IS Commotio Cordis?

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The NFL isn’t the only place that Commotio Cardis occurs. Find out how it’s impacting our youth now...

If you hadn’t heard of commotio cordis prior to this past week, you likely have now. On January 2, 2023, Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills made a tackle, got up, and collapsed backwards onto the field. CPR was administered due to cardiac arrest. Many of us in sports medicine started to speculate, for better or worse, a differential diagnosis and commotio cordis was commonly suggested on social media. From what we know at the time of this podcast recording, a cardiac event occurred, whether it be commotio cordis or not.

But what exactly is commotio cordis?

It’s something that is talked about in sports medicine frequently as a rare condition that occurs if there is blunt trauma to the chest that occurs during a specific point of the cardiac cycle. It’s time to learn more about it during the most-recent episode of Dr. Mark Halstead’s Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast. | Listen to the Podcast Now!

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