The benefits of sport, both to the individual and the community,
greatly outweigh the risks to participants. No pathological conditions
are caused by exercise. This article will review briefly the physiologic
changes that occur with cardiac conditioning, clinical findings
and sudden cardiac death occurring in athletes as well as discuss
the issues of screening prior to participation in sporting activities
and the provision of defibrillators at sporting venues.
In 1892, Sir William Osler wrote: "In the process of training, the
getting wind as it is called, is largely a gradual increase in the
capability of the heart (...) The large heart of athletes maybe
due to the prolonged use of their muscles, ...
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