Chapter 18. Emergency Sports Medicine

  1. Professor Martin P. Schwellnus MBBCh, MSc, MD
  1. Lucy-May Holtzhausen MBBCh, BSc1 and
  2. Chris Hanna MBChB2

Published Online: 29 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300635.ch18

Olympic Textbook of Medicine in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Medicine in Sport

How to Cite

Holtzhausen, L.-M. and Hanna, C. (2008) Emergency Sports Medicine, in Olympic Textbook of Medicine in Sport (ed M. P. Schwellnus), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300635.ch18

Editor Information

  1. UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Author Information

  1. 1

    Auckland Family Medical Center, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand

  2. 2

    Adidas Sport Medicine Center, St. Johns, Auckland, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156370

Online ISBN: 9781444300635



  • general approach to the collapsed athlete;
  • immediate life-threatening conditions;
  • sudden death;
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM);
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs];
  • food-dependent exercise induced anaphylaxis (FDEIA);
  • submersion — swimming related distress;
  • potentially life-threatening conditions;
  • musculoskeletal emergencies;
  • environmental emergencies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • General approach to the collapsed athlete

  • Immediate life-threatening conditions

  • Sudden death

  • Potentially life-threatening conditions

  • Musculoskeletal emergencies

  • Environmental emergencies

  • Medical preparedness for sports events

  • References