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Heart screening for Lancashire Cricket Academy players

Heart screening for Lancashire Cricket Academy players

Heart screening for Lancashire Cricket Academy players

The Lancashire Cricket Academy squad underwent heart screening tests last month with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) thanks to support from the Tom Hardman Memorial Fund.

Tom sadly passed away of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome in November 2012, just five days shy of his 22nd birthday. He started playing cricket at Heywood CC from the age of eight and went on to play for Clitheroe CC, Longton CC, and Middleton CC.

He was selected in the Lancashire Cricket Academy and played for the Club’s Second XI in 2009 and 2010.

Hardman had been appointed as the Leeds/Bradford MMCU Captain for the 2013 season and had also been studying for a sports science degree at Leeds Metropolitan University.

The Tom Hardman Memorial Fund was set up by his family to help CRY reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death through support of the organisation’s screening programme.

Lancashire’s Director of Medical Services, Dave Roberts, said, “Heart defects can affect anyone, even the fittest of athletes such as cricket players. We can’t take anything for granted in this area.

“Young sportsmen and women are often training at high levels of intensity over a long period of time and can sometimes be at a higher risk."

“We have been working with CRY for over a decade now and they’re doing a fantastic job in creating greater awareness of potential heart conditions for young people. All of Lancashire’s professional and academy players will have their hearts screened and assessed over the course of the year as part of their Medical Screening and wellbeing assessments.

"As well as an ECG, each player now undergoes an echocardiogram as standard, together with an examination by a Cardiologist.

“We think it’s vitally important that Tom’s legacy continues in whatever way it can and we are very grateful to CRY and the Tom Hardman Memorial Fund for their continued support in performing the screenings.”

Margaret and Richard Hardy, added, “This is the third heart screening event paid for out of the fund set up in memory of Tom and as a family we were once again delighted to offer members of the Lancashire Cricket Academy squad an opportunity to be screened, particularly our nephew Jack Morley. 

“We are extremely blessed to have the support of so many family and friends who continually help raise money for CRY as well as promoting the excellent work they do.”

Heart screenings are available to all young people between the ages of 14 to 35. To find a screening near you, click here.

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