The shock caused by the player’s sudden collapse and fight for life was underlined by his seemingly healthy condition as a young professional athlete.
Every week in the UK, 12 apparently fit and healthy young people, under the age of 35, die from undiagnosed cardiac conditions. Dr Steve Cox, director of screening at the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry), said that sport can significantly increase the risk of a cardiac incident if a person has an underlying condition.
He said: “Cry wants all young people to be aware of the importance of cardiac screening and to have the opportunity to be tested. “We already provide screening services for a number of professional sporting bodies, including the English Institute of Sport, the RFU, RFL, LTA and a number of Football Association teams including Manchester City.” He added: “One in every 300 of the young people that Cry tests will be identified with a potentially life-threatening condition.