Sudden cardiac death during open water swimming

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Since becoming an Olympic event in 2008, open water swimming has become one of the fastest growing mass participation sports worldwide; events have taken place with over 25 000 participants. With these numbers comes an inherent risk of adverse medical events. The recently released USA Triathlon (USAT) Fatality Incidents Study1 reviewed data from 2003 to 2011 and reports that over that period 43 athlete fatalities were recorded during race events. Of these, five were considered ‘traumatic’, caused during cycling; of the remaining 38 deaths, 30 occurred during the swim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1134-1135
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number15
Early online date1 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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