Hull FC launches revolutionary initiative

Hull FC have become one of the first Super League teams to document their routine heart and neurological screenings as part of their pre-season preparations for the 2022 Super League season.

According to the Black and White website, players underwent the screenings last week at the University of Hull, with supporters also being able to undergo a series of tests if they are concerned about potential cardiovascular issues.

7.6 million people live with heart and circulatory disease in the UK, and every three minutes someone loses their life from these cardiovascular problems.

Research by the British Heart Foundation has indicated that around half of the population will suffer from heart or circulatory disease in their lifetime.

Dr Richard Lawrence, Welsh National Team Chief Medical Officer and a member of both the Rugby Football League Clinical Advisory Group and the International Rugby League Medical Committee, performed the screening and spoke to the importance of the players tested.

“Heart screenings take place to detect inherited heart disease, looking for problems with the heart muscle that can overwork the heart,” he said.

“You will recall that six years ago we sadly lost Welsh international player Danny Jones who tragically died on the pitch due to undetected heart disease.

“Since then we have worked hard to make it mandatory for players to be checked every year to avoid yet another tragic incident like Danny’s, and this screening with the team today is one of that.”

Explaining what happens during a cardiovascular screening and the importance of anyone showing symptoms of heart disease, he added, “An ECG takes place that examines the electrical activity taking place in the heart; If you have an abnormal circuit in the heart, it will be detected.

“Or if you have abnormal muscles, which can also cause problems, this will also often be detected due to an abnormal signal being detected.

“If we find something important, we will look at the structure of the heart by doing a cardiac ultrasound or MRI, or even putting stress on the heart during a stress test to look at the stability of the rhythm over time. time.”

He continued, “For the general public, we encourage people to get tested if they have any symptoms, including palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, dizziness, or family cardiovascular issues. These are all red flags that we are looking for, and we would like them to come forward for an EKG, as players have gone through with us. “

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