At least 16 professional footballers died from sudden cardiac death in the past 10 years. In August last year, four young footballers died from sudden cardiac death while playing.
Cardiac infarction or a valvular heart defect are rarely the cause; in most cases, cardiac arrest is caused by an undetected congenital disease.
Any unexplained deaths within an athlete's family may be an indicator that the athlete might be at risk as well, but only a heart examination will give a final answer. This is why since 1999, the Deutsche Fussball-Bund (German Football Federation) has insisted that its professional players undergo cardiological examination. For the football world championship 2006, cardiological tests were compulsory for the first time. Considering the recent deaths, the FIFA now demands compulsory medical check-ups in general (DIE ZEIT; 06.09.2007 no. 37).
The SCHILLER Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System (CPX) CS-200/AT-104 provides the perfect ECG diagnostic system for this kind of cardiological examination. The exercise tests, which are the best way to do such checks, will clearly show any irregularities in an athlete's ECG and metabolism.
In addition to the medical screening, athletes can use the SCHILLER Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System (CPX) as a part of their regular training program to determine and optimise their fitness.
Apart from sports medicine, the SCHILLER Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System (CPX) is used in cardiology, pulmonology, occupational medicine and rehabilitation medicine.
The SCHILLER Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing System (CPX):
•Ultra-fast gas analysis technology
•Intuitive, convivial user interface
•Clear user guidance
•State-of-the-art oxygen kinetics (according to Brian J. Whipp)
•Training software especially designed for athletes, sportsmen and people who want to get fit (LFSport)