Black male athletes are at risk of abrupt cardiac arrest, as Bronny James' event shows.

The recent experiences of Bronny James and Damar Hamlin have drawn attention to the increased risk of cardiac arrest that Black males face while participating in sports.

When Bronny James, LeBron James's 18-year-old son, collapsed from cardiac arrest while working out at the University of Southern California on Monday, it was reminiscent of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin's similarly dramatic collapse.

Hamlin, then 24, slumped on the field from heart arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January.

 He was in intensive care for several days, and the rush to save him astounded both players on the field and those watching "Monday Night Football."

The experiences of Hamlin and James are part of a bigger pattern: Black male athletes have a higher risk of cardiac arrest, and cardiologists say the medical profession is still trying to figure out why.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the top cause of death among elite athletes in the United States. 

The study also found that Black male college basketball players had a rate of cardiac arrest and death that was 21 times greater than the average for all high school male athletes.

The authors proposed that more thorough screening methods for Black male college basketball players become the norm.


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