Tragedy struck the Central Savannah River Area on April 23 in Thomson when a 14-year-old young man was struck in the chest with a baseball and died of cardiac arrest. In medical literature, this condition is known as commotio cordis syndrome (cardiac concussion) and while rare in occurrence, it is universally fatal.
The exact mechanism of how this event happens is not completely understood. Public awareness of the possibility of injuries in youth sports combined with the use of protective vests and other safety equipment may have prevented this terrible tragedy.
If you have children playing sports, please investigate everything to be sure they are safe and protected in the competitive environment that they will be placed in.
James B. Davis, M.D., Augusta