Fatalities Linked to Football – According to research led by Boden and colleagues (2013) and published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, football related injuries are rare but they do occur with around 12 per year or 1 in 100,000 participating players.
Studying data from 1990 to 2010, these researchers reviewed the cases of just over 240 athletes who lost their lives due to a football related injury or accident. Researchers found that indirect systemic causes were two times more common than blunt force trauma in leading to a football related fatality.
Cardiac failure was among the most common cause of football related death along with brain injuries and heat related illness.
Risks associated with sickle cell trait (SCT) fatalities were also discussed.
Injury prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of any of these types of conditions and circumstances are emphasized. Read more about research on football injuries and fatalities.