Let’s fix the weak heart prob­lem

African Independent - - SPORT - THOMAS

sec­ond red flag.

Is it not time that foot­ball stake­hold­ers, cor­po­rates and the govern­ment in­vested in pro­tect­ing the lives of sports­men and women by sub­ject­ing them to stren­u­ous tests at least to de­tect prob­lems in a player at the be­gin­ning of ev­ery year be­fore the sit­u­a­tion gets out of hand?

I spoke to a highly qual­i­fied sports med­i­cal doc­tor who at­tended a CAF med­i­cal sem­i­nar in Cairo re­cently and among the is­sues dis­cussed was the grow­ing threat posed by car­diac ar­rest.

And it was also dis­cov­ered that most clubs did not care to sub­ject their play­ers to a full med­i­cal check-up but merely cut cor­ners in an at­tempt to save a few dol­lars, some­thing that could re­sult in the pro­longed life or sud­den death of a player. At other clubs, they do not even bother to sub­ject play­ers to a med­i­cal test!

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