Oregon State Football Player, Fred Thompson, Dies

DALLAS, OR (KPTV) –

An autopsy revealed Oregon State football player Fred Thompson died of an enlarged heart, according to the MedicalExaminer. Thompson collapsed Wednesday night while playing a game of pick-up basketball on campus.

“It brings us right back to very raw memories,” said Charley Engelfried Sr. who lost his own son and teen athlete to the same condition.

Dallas High School student Charley Engelfried, 17, died right after winning a heavyweight wrestling match last February.  Doctors later determined he suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart.

His parents, Charley and Nicole Engelfried, have paid close attention to several similar cases this year nationwide.  Doctors say while the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is rare, it’s the most common cause of sudden death among young athletes.

“I think with technology we have accessible and the awareness we’re able to provide, it could be prevented,”said Engelfried.

The Engelfrieds say they don’t believe current school screenings go far enough. A spokesman at Oregon State University told Fox 12 incoming student athletes must undergo a basic physical, but that would not cover more advanced testing, such as an electrocardiogram, or EKG, unless the student had a pre-existing condition, or an issue raised concern during the basic physical.

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