Resuscitation training for VfB kickers

Resuscitation training for VfB kickers

Lübeck – In Germany around 65,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac death. Also because laymen often do not adequately reanimate local first responders or prefer not to do anything for fear of mistakes. Only about 30 to 35 percent of the witnesses to a cardiac arrest perform a chest compressions. An immediate measure, without which the person has little chance of survival. That needs to be changed urgently! To this end, the German Football Association (DFB) and the German Heart Foundation (DHS) jointly launched the joint project “LIFE SAVOR” in autumn 2015: a project in which amateur resuscitation training for footballers takes place. Such training will also take place on Monday, April 16 at the Lohmühle and is aimed at all active VfB kickers. Why an initiative for amateur recreational footballers? Sudden deaths on the sports field, especially in professional sports, are being watched with particular attention by the media. Enormous is the media interest when prominent young athletes such as 2012, the Italian football professional Piermario Morosini or 2004, the Hungarian national football team player Miklós Fehér are affected. Both suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during a game and died still on the field. Despite the high medial presence of these deaths in professional football: Sudden cardiac death is a rare event in apparently “healthy” and capable athletes, but increases with age. Playing football at a higher age is therefore associated with risks in addition to various health benefits. “Therefore, we recommend regular medical fitness examinations to the active Ü-players so as to minimize their individual endangerment”, emphasizes Prof. Dr. med. med. Tim Meyer, chairman of the Sports Medicine Committee of the DFB and team doctor of the national football team. “In addition, together with the Deutsche Herzstiftung, we are pursuing an initiative that should fundamentally promote readiness for lay resuscitation in this target group and train the correct handling of conceivable tragic events of a cardiac arrest,” continues Prof. Meyer. In addition, positive side effects such as strengthening the sense of responsibility of footballers for the safety of their teammates and other people in the club environment and the cohesion within the team and the club are expected. Anyone trained in resuscitation is not just a potential lifesaver and a facilitator (“multiplier”) for instructing others to resuscitate. In addition, he / she assumes responsibility for others, supports the goal of charitable status and thus meets the ideals of a public-law association. Control revival as a matter of course “In scheduled short training sessions, footballers will be able to initiate resuscitation, including the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), at any time during cardiac arrest in the area of ​​their sports facilities, and continue to do so until the arrival of a professional rescue service,” said emergency physician Prof. Dr. med. med. Dietrich Andresen, board member of the German Heart Foundation. The training offer consisting of a one-time course by a cardiac emergency specialist of the German Heart Foundation with about 10-15 participants with a duration of about 90 minutes is aimed at footballers (m / f) in older age (Ü-Fußball). The initiators of this project are convinced that amateur resuscitation can be established with the help of nationwide training as an emergency measure, which is then mastered by every lay helper as a matter of course. “This is the only way to get closer to our goal of performing a high-quality, lay-resuscitation within at least 80 percent of all people undergoing an observed cardiac arrest within the next three years,” says cardiologist Prof. Andresen. “We rely on the personal responsibility of the players and offer help for self-help, which benefits them not only in the club, but also in the family or in the workplace.” A free heart emergency information package of the German Heart Foundation under www.herzstiftung.de/herznotfall-set.html can also be requested at: Deutsche Herzstiftung, Bockenheimer Landstr. 94-96, 60323 Frankfurt, Tel. 069 955128400. Frequently asked questions about the right behavior during cardiac arrest are answered in the expert article “Can you still reanimate? Four things that everyone should know “under www.herzstiftung.de/herz-lungen-wiederbelebung.html

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