Why there is need of compulsory heart screenings for sport players

Posted by Julie Donovan on

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Iwas saddened to read in the news that a young lad of 15, Luke Chapman, stopped breathing and collapsedon the rugby field at Baxter College. 

He was air-lifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital but unfortunately passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.

This tragedy follows last week's collapse of football player Fabrice Muamba who suffered a cardiac arrest during a FA-Cup quarter-final match. Fortunately, Muamba has now shown some early signs of improvement but he still has a long way ahead to full recovery and it is still unknown whether he would ever be able to play again.

These events are a wake up call that something must now be done to try and avoid such tragedies.

I understand that in France all those participating in sports are screened at an early age for heart defects. This has helped prevent such untimely deaths and I am all for introducing screening in this country as well. I only hope that someone is listening.

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