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PCR training for Villarreal players
PCR training for Villarreal players

Staff from the CEU Cardenal Herrera have given a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course to footballers from different Yellows teams

Villarreal footballers are ready to save lives! Footballers from the men’s first team, the women’s first team, Villarreal B, Villarreal C and the U19s, as well as eight-a-side academy coaches have received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (PCR) courses from staff from the CEU Cardenal Herrera. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as PCR, has been established as the optimal technique in the event of sudden cardiorespiratory arrests, which are the leading cause of death among young athletes. The importance of providing this assistance quickly makes team-mates in sports such as football, the ‘first responders’ in emergency situations like this.

Studies with the first team

Additionally, to improve their training on this technique, professors from the Faculty of Health Sciences of the UCH CEU in Castellón have evaluated the PCR knowledge of Villarrael CF first-team players. “Our aim is to train players to identify and act correctly in case of a sudden cardia arrest and be able to save the lives of their own taem-mates in a situation like this,” underlined the authors of the study. Professors Isabel Almodóvar Fernández, Health Sciences doctor and co-ordinator of the Nursing Degree at the UCH CEU in Castellón, and Rafael Gonzálesz Moret, doctor of nursing and expert in life support, lead this study, as part of the Endavant collaboration between the university and Villarreal CF, which is also taking part with two other clubs from the Region of Valencia, Levante UD and Elche CF, alongside their respective medical teams.