National player Thomas Müller from record champions Bayern Munich drew attention to the death register via his social channels. “Hello everyone, today I want to address all athletes with a serious topic” – with these words the Rio world champion greeted his fans in his message.
In the video, the FC Bayern star player drew attention to a topic that nobody wants to come into contact with, but which is of great importance for medical research in this field: the German “Register for Deaths in Sport”.
The aim of the registry is to ensure that sudden deaths and cardiac deaths survived in connection with physical activity and their causes are recorded as precisely as possible. Only in this way can existing screening and prevention measures be improved and supplemented.
The online database set up in 2012 is managed by the Institute for Sports and Preventive Medicine at the University of Saarbrücken. Professor Tim Meyer, who has been the team doctor for the German national team for many years and was head of the medical task force of the German Football League (DFL) and the German Football Association (DFB) during the corona crisis, is responsible there.
The vast majority of people would “fortunately never come into contact with this topic,” Meyer said SID: “But if they do, then it is still important on such sad occasions that they are scientifically examined and, if necessary, the right conclusions are drawn. Therefore I would like to urgently ask and call for corresponding cases to be reported in our register. Such cases too who survived sudden cardiac arrest are of great scientific interest.”
Whether popular sport or professional: Anyone can report a case via “scd-deutschland.de”. A questionnaire can be used to provide more detailed information on the circumstances of the sudden death or cardiac arrest during sport, provided these are already known.
If necessary, the physicians at Saarbrücken University will contact the persons who have reported a case with questions. Ten years after it was set up, the register contains a total of over 350 cases.