Choking Game Medical Reference Material
Current Studies

Feb 2010

    "Choking Game" Awareness and Participation Among 8th Graders --- Oregon, 2008
    "This study represents the first systematic assessment at the state level for awareness of and participation in strangulation
    activities among youths. Results from the 2008 Oregon Healthy Teens survey indicated that nearly one third of 8th-grade students
    were aware of someone who participated in the choking game, and nearly 6% acknowledged trying it."

July 13, 2009

Feb 15,2008

    CDC Choking Game MMWR
    CDC officials urged parents to be aware the fad exists, and to watch for possible warning signs like bloodshot eyes, marks on the
    neck, frequent and severe headaches, disorientation after spending time alone, and ropes, scarves or belts tied to bedroom
    furniture or doorknobs or found knotted on the floor.  The authors acknowledged that 82 is probably an undercount.

Fall 2006

Richard P. Johnson, Ph.D

Traumatic Brain Injury

Julie Rosenbluth, MPH, CHES American Council For Drug Education
  • The Guidance Channel Online
The Choking Game (Nov 2005)

Dept. Of Pediatrics - Univ. Of British Columbia
  • National Library of Medicine -
Medical Library Reference to case

National Institute of Mental Health

Deborah Yurgelun-Todd Director of neuropsychology and cognitive neuroimaging at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.

Peter Lorain - National Education Association

Matt Crenson, Associated Press
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Trish Russell, MD

Daryl A Lynch, MD  Chief, Section of Adolescent
Children’s Mercy Hospital Missouri

Dr. Thomas A. Andrew, M.D., FCAP, FAAP  
(Chief Medical Examiner of New Hampshire &

Dr. McNab - Canadian

Dr. Ronald Peters is an assistant professor of
behavioral sciences at the UT School of Public

Gina Roberts-Grey
  • Preteenagers Today; iParenting
Dying for a Thrill; The Fainting Game
More Medical References

  • 82 probable deaths from 1995 through October 2007 among youth ages 6 to 19 years old
  • The peak age was13.3 and 87 % were male.
  • This age distribution differs from suicide which steadily increases with increasing age.

    They recommended that parents, educators, health care providers, and medical examiners
    and coroners become familiar with warning signs that youth are playing the choking game.