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Too many are being lost to cardiac issues


 Football News 24/

Experts say, All young people involved in sport should be screened for underlying heart conditions.

An appeal has been launced in memory of Daniel Wilkinson, 24, who sadly passed away during a non-league game, the appeal is to fund heart checks within grassroots football. 

"Too many people are being lost where we could intervene," said MP Mims Davies, who is calling for widespread cardiac screening for young people.

The FA carries out around 1,500 screens per year, but as of now this is only for professional clubs.

Daniel Wilkinson, former Hull City youngster collapsed whilst playing for a Northern Premier League Division One South team, it was later found that he has Arrhytmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) - the same condition Fabrice Muamba suffered from.

Support for this appeal has been found in Italy where screening for all young people saw a drop by 89% in cardiac related fatalities, therefore showing more can be done within England.

With recent professional sportsmen having to retire through cardiac problems, Fabrice Muamba had to retire after collapsing during a professional match back in 2012, England batsman James Taylor retired from cricket earlier this year after he fell ill and tests showed he has a similar condition to Muamba, as well as Muamba and Taylor, Wales rugby player Danny Jones died after a cardiac arrest during a game at the age of just 29.







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