Science Podcasts

Special episode

Mon, 8th Sep 2014

Sudden death in athletes

A football (c) Maksim @ Wikipedia

You may have heard reports of seemingly healthy young athletes suddenly dropping down dead in the middle of a game. Professor Paulus Kirchhoff from the University of Birmingham studies the genetic defects that lead to this condition- a rare form of heart disease which exercise actually makes worse.

At the British Science Festival, Ginny Smith wanted to find out more. She started by asking him how big a problem this condition really is.

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