Preventing Sudden Death in Sport

Tuition: $69
Hours: 3


Course Description

Many sports chiropractors are working as team physicians with local youth and or middle/high school athletic programs. This three-hour distance based course is intended to provide Doctors of Chiropractic with information relevant to preventing sudden death in sports. There are several conditions that can lead to death, disability or permanent injury. Many of these conditions can be preventable or greatly reduced with proper preparation as well as proper rule and regulation implementation.


The content of this course is provided through online reading material in which the learner’s participation (time) is actively tracked and logged. A minimum of three hours is required. There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class. The learner must receive a score of 75% of the total possible points and log at least three hours to receive credit for the course. Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.

No textbooks required. Computer and Internet service required for completion of this course. Funding sources and potential conflicts of interest statement: No funds were received, underwritten or subsidized by any vendors of any goods including supplies or services for this course.


There are several conditions clinicians should be aware of that can lead to death, disability or permanent injury of an athlete.

The clinician should be able to identify and manage the most common causes of death and disability in sport to include:

Cardiac conditions
Heat stroke
Sickle cell trait
C spine injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Exertional Hyponatremia

With proper screening, education and rule implementation some heart abnormalities may be identified, heat stroke can be appropriately treated with a 100% success rate, sickle cell trait, diabetes and asthma can be managed and hyponatremia, C spine injuries and TBI can be reduced.


This course is designed to assist you in identifying serious risk factors while working with athletes (youth through adult, pre-participation through return to play) or at athletic events (practice through game time) in an effort to prevent sudden death in sport.


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.