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Muamba collapse: screening 'can only go so far'

Screening is not a panacea for every potential health risk to all sportsmen and women, an Ulster cardialogist has warned.

Following the recent call for screening for athletes in the wake of the collapse of Fabrice Muamba during an FA cup match, Erne Hospital heart doctor Brian McAleer said “screening only goes so far; some things can remain undetected and it’s not always those playing competitive sport”.

“It’s a question of resources. In an ideal world there would be screening for everyone,” he told the Fermanagh Herald, adding that on a local level precautionary measures such as questionnaires and follow-up GP visits.

Bob Beatty, chairman at Clogher Valley Rugby club said: “I think screening should be done at a young age. If there was a screening process offered, we as a club would hold it.”

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