APPI First Aid 2500

Cardiac Arrest

Emphasising the importance of automated external defibrillators and educating players and entourage about symptoms and signs of sudden cardiac arrests

FIFPRO and its national members remain devoted to elevate the quality of minimum medical requirements across competitions and to educate players adequately on the recognition of sudden cardiac arrest. A close eye will be kept on the latest technical developments in medical science which could improve the protection of player health and safety in critical situations.

What you should know

The importance of education about symptoms and signs of sudden cardiac arrest and resuscitation (CPR)

This is not only among players but also among other people working in football. “Often, it’s the players who are the most likely to respond, as they are the first ones to notice when someone might have a sudden cardiac arrest,” said former player Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on the pitch during a FA Cup match in 2012.

The presence of an automated external defibrillator at every match or training, and people who know how to operate it, is also paramount.

Within any sporting environment, it is essential that an automated external defibrillator is available, and that there is somebody who is regularly trained to use it properly. Fast use of an automated external defibrillator can increase survival rates by up to 70%.

The provision in the quality of minimum medical requirements and pre-competition medical assessments is inconsistent

Often, this is related to the financial resources of clubs, leagues and football associations, which can vary massively within professional football.

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