Women are much less likely to die suddenly playing sports than men, a study in France has shown.
Researchers, looking at information from emergency responders, found sportâ€”related sudden deaths (including cardiomyopathy) occurred in 10 men per million participants per year but found it occurred in one woman per 2 million participants.
The study, by Dr Eloi Marijon and colleagues from the University of Paris Descartes, looked at an area of the country with 35 million people and more than five million sportsmen and women.
The pattern of deaths in men and women were also similar in the three most popular sports enjoyed by women â€“ cycling, jogging and swimming, said the study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The researchers had no firm explanation for the gender differences but suggested the length and level of exertion could differ between men and women.
The lower incidences of coronary artery disease in women might also play a factor. The study, which began in 2005, looked at fatalities occurring during or within one hour of sports activity in people aged 15 to 75 years old. Deaths following light exertion were excluded.Among those aged 15 to 34, 5.23 men and 0.43 women per million died per year.
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