|Posted on May 29, 2015 at 2:10 PM|
We are holding a cardiac screening on Tuesday 9th June, in partnership with charity C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk In The Young). Together, we will check over 100 young, local people's hearts for cardiac abnormalities. Find out how you can get involved by clicking here.
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GET your heart checked – that is the message to young athletes from a boxing club's charity partnership.
Cheshunt ABC will be hosting a cardiac testing day on Tuesday, June 9, in conjunction with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Representatives from the charity will visit the club's Albury Ride premises and will test 102 young people, aged between 14 and 35, for cardiac abnormalities, free of charge.
Club coach Steve O'Hara said: "There are 12 kids a week in the UK who die from sudden cardiac disease and more are likely to be at risk of other heart problems.
"It's just something that we feel would be nice to do for local youngsters."
He added: "We had a boxer who had collapsed twice after matches and we had to tell him, 'We appreciate your effort, but it's not safe for you to box any more'.
"You would be amazed by how many people say no to helping or getting involved with this."
Cardiac issues in sportsmen and women have been in the news over the past few years, with a number of high-profile athletes collapsing on the field.
In 2012, Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match and was technically dead for 78 minutes at the age of 25.
And in the same year, former Stevenage FC player Mitchell Cole, who had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, died.
More recently, two Belgian footballers, Tim Nicot, 23, and Gregory Mertens, 24, have died following cardiac arrests during play.
A spokesman for CRY said: "One in every 300 of the young people that CRY tests will be identified with a potentially life-threatening condition.
"Specialist cardiac screening will identify the majority of – although not all – young people at risk.
"However, in Italy, where screening is mandatory for all young people engaged in organised sport, they have reduced young sudden cardiac death by 90 per cent."
Playing sport can increase a person's risk if they have underlying cardiac issues and Mr O'Hara thinks that sports clubs have a responsibility to support their players.
The Cheshunt session will begin at 9am and the non-invasive testing takes just ten minutes to complete.
It must be booked in advance, with a fully-refundable deposit of £5 needed to secure a place.
The testing costs £3,500, which has been paid by the club and their sponsors, with some also gained through fundraising drives.
To book a test contact Mr O'Hara on 07956 386736