Honors Projects


Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in young student athletes (Drezner et al., 2007). With athletes being recognized as some of the healthiest members of society, a catastrophic event like this can stimulate debate over pre-participation screening and appropriate emergency actions. With 55-80% cases of sudden cardiac death (SCD) being asymptomatic before the event (Drezner et al., 2007), looking into how well pre-participation screenings identify at risk individuals becomes much more important. This project investigates to what extent pre-participation physicals (PPE) can be improved to better identify student athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death and why improvements to the current guidelines are so important.


Exercise Science


Exercise Science

First Advisor

Jenny Toonstra

First Advisor Department

Exercise Science

Second Advisor

Jay Jones

Second Advisor Department


Publication Date

Winter 12-7-2021