It was recently brought to my attention that a number of football/soccer players have either died on the field or have collapsed on the field only to die later in a hospital from cardiac related ailments.
According to Wikipedia: From 1984 - Present, there have been approximately 60 deaths where a player has collapsed and/or died either during a game or during a practice session.
I have attempted to research this more, but all I am noticing are theories rather than facts.
This seems to be a concern of many, including Andy Paschalidis, former SBS announcer and a player for the Forest Rangers Football Club. Mr. Paschalidis is supporting a campaign to have defibrillators available at all football games.
I understand that football/soccer players outnumber other athletes in professional sports. This should not diminish the fact that this issue has raised several concerns regarding football/soccer players deaths/collapses on the playing field.
Is there a valid and substantiated reason why this is happening to these athletes in this particular sport?