FIFA to study cardiac arrest cases in soccer



ZURICH (AP) — FIFA will be studying cardiac arrest cases involving soccer players to learn what caused Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba to collapse during a match.

FIFA’s chief medical officer says the project will be advanced at FIFA’s medical conference on May 23-24 in Budapest, Hungary.

Jiri Dvorak tells The Associated Press all national team doctors have been invited. The hope is to establish a worldwide database for cases of sudden cardiac arrest. Dvorak says the research will lead to “analysis of the risk factors.”

FIFA also helped complete a recent study in Gabon of electrocardiogram testing in African players. Muamba was born in Zaire.

Muamba is in serious but stable condition in a London hospital.