It is fair to say that due to the skills and resources of the medical teams at White Hart Lane on Saturday 17th March 2012, one man is alive today that may not have survived his cardiac situation if it would have occurred many places outside of the stadium. Fabrice Muamba collapsed during the FA Cup 6th round tie and it appears that his heart stopped. Within seconds he was being treated by experienced medical staff and thanks to their continued work, both at the ground but also enroute to hospital, Muamba is alive today.
Questions were immediately asked about what could be done to stop such incidents ever re-occurring. A screening programme for professional players was suggested to detect such issues, which can only be a good thing. But there is a deeper issue here. Football is played in this country by tens of thousands of people every week. However, it is only the clubs at the top of the pyramid who can afford such screening as well as other suggested measures that should be introduced. Continue reading