Heart Foundation of Jamaica Sudden Cardiac Arrest Workshop (SCA) for Athletes and Sporting Groups.
Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says he is in full support of efforts to encourage the prescreening of student athletes in sports.
Addressing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Workshop, hosted by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 21, Dr. Tufton indicated that the involvement of critical stakeholders would play an integral role in the process. These stakeholders include the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the HFJ, among others.
These stakeholders include the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the HFJ, among others.
So, we are going to be working with all the various groups (sporting associations and clubs), along with the Heart Foundation of Jamaica… to ensure that this level of awareness is normal across the length and breadth of Jamaica
the Minister said.
Executive Director of the Foundation, Deborah Chen said,
We are using the occasion to give information to coaches, sporting groups and athletes themselves about what can cause sudden cardiac arrest and what they can do about it if it should happen in their presence
The event was attended by sports administrators, umpires, referees, officials, and athletes, among others, and that topics included cause of sudden cardiac arrest and ways to prevent it; sudden cardiac arrest in sports globally; the effects of energy drinks and supplements on the heart; and the pressure faced by adolescents to compete in sports.
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