Death: Football

Health written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Ian Gibson Ian Gibson Labour, Norwich North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into the causes of death of active amateur and professional footballers over the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

holding answer 13 October 2008

The Department is not planning to commission the research suggested. However, the Department has supported a recent initiative led by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the national football organisations and Cardiac Risk in the Young to promote awareness of familial heart conditions and the risks they pose to footballers.

Discussions are also currently taking place between the two Departments and the other UK health departments on whether further research into the effectiveness of testing young athletes for these conditions ought to be carried out.

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