January 02, 2023

Player Needs CPR During Monday Night Football : The Monday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals was suspended and later cancelled after Bills player Demar Hamlin collapsed on the field following a tackle and had to be administered CPR for over 10 minutes. The NFL originally planned to resume play after Hamilton was taken off in an ambulance, but both coaches sent their teams to the locker rooms.

posted by rcade to football at 11:17 PM - 4 comments

ESPN handled this well, but all the broadcasters have forgotten about Chuck Hughes. This situation isn't unprecedented, even in the Super Bowl era.

posted by rcade at 11:24 PM on January 02, 2023

Reminds me of when Danish soccer player, Christian Eriksen, required CPR on the field just a few years ago.

posted by NoMich at 08:07 AM on January 03, 2023

I remember Chuck Hughes' death. I was a senior in high school. The game wasn't broadcast in our area, but it was the only sports story that mattered. We couldn't believe it.

Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis both died from the same heart condition. The difference being that Gathers' condition was not previously diagnosed or evaluated while Lewis was fully examined and then cleared to return to basketball.

I've lost count of the number of college football players who have collapsed and died during practice.

Sports medicine can be and should be more comprehensive. Examine the whole athlete. It's not costly or difficult. A friend and I have the same heart condition (as does our own Howard T). My friend has a readily available inexpensive cardio app on his phone. He let me try it out, and it promptly found that I had a secondary condition that my cardiologist wasn't aware of despite all the usual clinical testing.

My fervent hope is that Damar Hamlin reaches a point of recovery where he can say, "Yeah, I can live without football".

posted by beaverboard at 11:39 AM on January 03, 2023

Wondering if anything changes in the wake of this incident, whether in terms of player safety per beaverboard's suggestion re more comprehensive sports medicine, or an examination of NFL leadership, as highlighted in this article from The Guardian HERE.

posted by LowKeyMF at 01:26 PM on January 03, 2023

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