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The recent headlines of sudden cardiac arrests have people far beyond the sports world asking about why the hearts of some athletes seem to fail them more than others.

An expert at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill broke down why tracking serious life-changing injuries in sports is so important.

“The data that we collect are these catastrophic sport injuries or illnesses,” Dr. Kristen Kucera said. “That includes sudden cardiac arrests.”

Dr. Kucera is the director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (NCCSIR). The group tracks serious injuries and illnesses in college, high school and youth sports.

“I think what we really emphasize and worked towards is let’s gather everything that we can possibly find out about these events,” she said.

Spectrum News