Health professionals say that a screening program that is applied to eliminate potential heart problems is not flawless, but that the number of serious events is higher than expected. say.
Researchers say that PROFESSIONAL footballers may be at greater risk of heart attack than previously feared.
A seven-year study of 595 players in Norway found that six people developed a serious heart problem.
However, a scan program could not detect any problems.
Dr Hilde Moseby Berge of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo said: & The number of serious incidents in this young population was higher than expected.
”We don't have an explanation for this – it can represent a random effect because of the small numbers.“
Earlier this year, however, it follows a British study that identifies a similar phenomenon among the best players.
Premier League clubs regularly test their players, but are less common in the Football League and below.
The connection between footballers and cardiac arrest has undergone increased investigation in recent years following the deaths of Marc Vivien Foe, Junior Dian and Danny Wilkinson, as well as the fall of Fabrice Muamba in 2012.
The responsible author, Dr Berge, said:, A comprehensive pre-accession cardiac screening by a comprehensive cardiovascular cardiologist, including ECG and echocardiography, has not identified a subset of the 6 '' players of 595 who have experienced subsequent cardiovascular events.
Ilar Players ignored the symptoms and received delayed medical care.
”It is important to remind the athletes that a normal screening test does not provide protection against all heart disease and that symptoms must be reported in time.“
UEFA and FIFA made health checks mandatory.
But no matter how comprehensive they are, they don't always solve problems, they report the British Journal of Sport Medicine.
In August, St George's University of London, a study conducted by more than 11,000 players over a 10-year period from 16-17 years, found that eight people were killed during the exercise.
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He found the likelihood of sudden heart death in football players once every 14.700 years – at least three times more than previous estimates.
Thirty-four players identified with heart disease during screening returned to soccer play following corrective surgery or risk stratification.