Many cases of sudden cardiac death have been reported at high level sports. Marc-Vivien Foé, a midfielder on Cameroon’s national soccer team, fatally collapsed in the 71st minute in a game against Colombia at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003. Medical staff tried to resuscitate Foé, who had a heart condition that led to cardiac arrest, for more than 30 minutes.
The former Blues Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s heart stopped during a game against the Anaheim Ducks in 2020. Bouwmeester fell on the Blues bench and was revived by doctors. However, Bouwmeester announced his retirement from professional hockey 11 months later.
Christian Eriksen was a Danish soccer player who suffered cardiac arrest while playing at Euro 2020. Eriksen’s team doctor stated that Eriksen had suffered cardiac arrest. “was gone” Before lifesaving field treatment saved him. Eriksen continues to play professional football without any problems.
For many coaches and organizers who run youth programs, the costs of medical personnel and equipment mean they must be ready to serve as their teams’ medical staff.
Brian Gallagher founded Active City, which offers organized youth sports in Hartford (Conn.), such as basketball, soccer and volleyball. Hamlin’s The importance of properly qualified coaches was highlighted by injury. Gallagher explained that Active City offered a training course each year about how to deal with serious medical problems. Defibrillators can still be expensive and are usually only available at large events.
Sarah Hoisl who is the West Hartford Fury Travel Softball Coach in Connecticut said she was ready to help if her player suffered serious injuries. Hoisl has been certified by American Red Cross for CPR, First Aid, and Concussion Protocol, she stated.
“I always want to make sure that the procedures I take as a coach are down pat so that when I go into fight-or-flight mode, I know that I am making the right moves because they have been done before they happen,” She said.