Fabrice Muamba, Heart-Screening & Shinty

The case of Bolton Wanders footballer Fabrice Muamba has again led to calls for the introduction of widespread heart screening but a leading Skye-based sports medicine expert urges caution.

Such a move would have far-reaching implications which have yet to be afforded the same level of debate. Keith MacKenzie from the West Highland Free Press has taken opinion from leading figures including Dr Jonathan Hanson, who aside from his duties as a doctor at Broadford Hospital is a leading consultant in sport and exercise medicine. Dr Hanson has advised and trained medics and physios from the spheres of both the English Premiership and Scottish Rugby. The article is a must-read for anyone with an interest in shinty and the well-being of shinty players.

Click on the following link to read Keith MacKenzie’s article WHFP

The Camanachd Association and leading figures including Dr Hanson and Skye medic Dr Wilson Banks will meet in Portree on Wednesday 18 April 2012 to have a wider discussion on the matter. Ross Cowie from Lucky2BHere and Heartstart Co-ordinator Neil Campbell will also be in attendance. They will look at the Skye Camanachd model and agree a way forward for the sport of shinty. Further updates will be released in due course.