Cardiac arrest in football: what to do if it happens
We’ve all seen players fall over. But what happens if they don’t get up? Collapse is often the first sign of sudden cardiac arrest. You must be able to recognise the symptoms and take action to deal with this serious medical emergency.
12 young people die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) every week in the UK alone. The cause? An underlying heart condition.
Cardiac issues don’t only affect the elderly and overweight. In sport, those most at risk are under 35 and appear healthy.
Football has been particularly affected by SCA
In part, that’s because football is so popular. As the nation’s favourite sport, millions of young people participate every year.
In 2017 alone, at least six individuals experienced cardiac arrest in football, while training or playing.
Whether you play, work or volunteer in the game, you need to be prepared
Get started by taking our digital module 'Sudden cardiac arrest: recognise and respond'. It takes about 45 minutes and will accredit you with one hour of CPD.
To begin, select the link below. Then, choose 'Access award'. You can either register or use your FA number to log in.
Online module: Sudden cardiac arrest: recognise and respond
To find out more about the module and cardiac arrest in football, watch this video: