FIFA Sudden Death Registry (FIFA-SDR): a prospective, observational study of sudden death in worldwide football from 2014 to 2018
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    Response to Robert M Leithiser
    • Florian Egger, Specialist for Internal and Sports Medicine Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine, Saarland University, Germany

    This is a classic example of misinterpretation of the available data. Of course, national death rates may be higher than the overall rate for 67 countries. Furthermore, the range of media coverage at the national level is massive, so a comparison with an international registry is not valid.

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    Article being taken out of context as misinformation
    • Robert M Leithiser, Infrastructure Technical Lead and Data Science Architect DoD Contractor Employee for the US Navy

    This article is being used to assert that the # of deaths of professional soccer players (now at 27 competing at a national level) is normal by taking the overall total of 465 deaths to all players (of which 42% weren't even reported in the media) as the normal # of professional soccer players who die. In reality this study indicates just 5% of the deaths were of elite athletes comparable to those tracking deaths of professional soccer players. That works out to an average of only about 5 per year from the study and other data show an average of 8.9 total soccer player deaths per year at a national level reported by the media.

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