Posted By : Nathan Batchelor
The FA has launched a free online module to raise awareness and knowledge of sudden cardiac arrests in football.
The module will enable you to recognise and respond appropriately to a sudden cardiac arrest while also providing you with key facts and information.
Available online, you can complete it at a convenient time and place. Plus, it only takes one hour!
Upon completion, you’ll receive one hour of CPD and an FA certificate.
Research shows that 12 young people lose a life each week in the UK and those with an inherited heart condition can be up to three times as likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest if they participate in intensive or strenuous exercise.
What’s more, at least five fatalities occurred during football matches or training over the last year in England due to cardiac arrest, including former England international Ugo Ehiogu, who died while working as coach at Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Dr Lisa Hodgson, The FA's medical education lead, said: "The FA is passionate about raising the awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and highlighting the fact that this can occur in what appears to essentially be, from the outside, a fit and healthy young person playing sport.
“Sudden cardiac arrest is infrequent but it is not a rare event.
“The more awareness we can raise on this issue, the greater is the chance of early recognition and lifesaving intervention being performed.
“We would like as many people as possible to complete this module and to share it among their peers.
“Everyone should be taught these lifesaving skills in all walks of life, not just in sport and we hope that this module helps to do just that.”
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