Damar Hamlin Cleared To Play Football, Reveals Commotio Cordis Was Reason For Cardiac Arrest

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Damar Hamlin is 100% cleared to get back on the field with the Buffalo Bills.

Hamlin suffered a terrifying cardiac situation last season against the Cincinnati Bengals and was hospitalized for days.

On Tuesday, Hamlin also disclosed what caused the medical emergency. He said it was commotio cordis, a rare condition started by a blow to the chest at the exact wrong time, leading to cardiac arrest.

“He is cleared, meaning resume full activities just like anyone else coming back from an injury or whatever. He’s fully cleared, he’s here and he’s of the mindset, he’s in a great head space to come back and make his return,” Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane announced to the media Tuesday.

Hamlin: ‘Not The End Of My Story’

“The diagnosis of what happened to me was commotio cordis,” Hamlin said.

“It’s a direct blow at a specific point in your heartbeat that causes cardiac arrest. Five to seven seconds later, you fall out, and that’s pretty much what everybody’s seen Jan. 2 of this year. Commotio cordis is the leading cause of death in youth athletes across all sports, so that’s something that I will personally be taking a step in to make a change.”

Will Damar Hamlin be able to return to playing at a high level? Time will tell, but getting cleared to return is a huge hurdle to have cleared. Now, all eyes will be on whether or not he can get back to his old ways. It will be a hell of a comeback story if he can.

Damar Hamlin cleared to return to football activities. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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