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Thursday 21 September 2017

Dubs due SADS test

DUBLIN'S senior footballers and hurlers are set to undergo screening for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome this weekend as part of a national drive by the Gaelic Players Association.

Already, 49 county squads have been through the tests, which detect cardiac arrhythmias and structural defects of the heart, symptoms which are closely linked with the syndrome, with both Pat Gilroy's football panel and Anthony Daly's hurlers booked to be screened this weekend.

The issue again came to light last Friday after the tragic sudden death of Round Tower, Clondalkin U21 vice-captain Ciarán Carr during an indoor training session.

Among those who have already been tested are the Tyrone senior footballers who lost their captain Cormac McAnallen to SADS in March 2004.

"Cardiac screening is something that was discussed in detail by the GAA's medical committee after Cormac McAnallen's death and formed a part of our health and well- being programme for players which was introduced after the official agreement with GAA," explained GPA spokesperson, Seán Potts. "So far 49 panels have been screened and the intention is that every county player is screened in due course."

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle added that a more widespread screening process needed to be adopted to include club players as well as their inter-county colleagues.

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