Why Are AEDs Important In Sport?


On June 14, Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed during a championship match. It was suspected he had collapsed due to an abnormal rhythm in his heart and the medical staff on site wisely applied the automated external defibrillator, or AED, and a shock was applied. It was felt this likely saved his life.

Although these issues in younger athletes, and all athletes, are infrequent events, having quick access to an AED can certainly make a difference in saving a life. Today on the podcast, we will discuss why AEDs are important to have readily available at sporting events and how you can make sure your sports organizations are on board.


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Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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Dr. Flack earned her M.S. and M.D. at The Medical University of South Carolina. She completed residency training in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt, followed by fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology and advanced fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology Imaging at Vanderbilt. She joined the faculty in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

Dr. Flack founded and serves as Medical Director for the Middle Tennessee affiliate of Project ADAM, a national non-profit supported by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt that serves to save lives by empowering schools and communities to be prepared for sudden cardiac arrest. Schools in Middle TN and throughout the state benefit from Vanderbilt’s Project ADAM services to help fulfill state requirements of annual automated external defibrillator (AED) trainings, emergency response plan implementation, and annual drill performance for staff and students. In the first year of Dr. Flack serving as Medical Director, Project ADAM Middle Tennessee recognized 50 Heart Safe Schools, designated such by having successfully implemented a quality sudden cardiac arrest program of awareness, training and effective emergency response to promote a Heart Safe environment for students, visitors, and staff. Every year since beginning in 2017, Dr. Flack’s team has trained on average 1000 school staff on Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth. Now entering her 5th year as Medical Director, Project ADAM Middle TN has granted over 300 Heart Safe schools in Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Flack has also served as the Advocacy Co-Chair of National Project ADAM in addition to Co-Chair of the Disparities Committee of the Citizen CPR Foundation.