The importance of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) cannot be overstated, especially in sports clubs and arenas where athletes are pushing their limits and pushing their bodies to the brink of exhaustion. An AED is a portable electronic device that can analyze and diagnose a heart rhythm, and if necessary, deliver an electric shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm. The use of an AED can be the difference between life and death in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.
The Wilson United Soccer Club recently received a new AED machine, donated by a generous sponsor. The machine is located at eye level between the women’s and men’s bathrooms for easy access in the event of an emergency. This is an important step forward for the club, as it demonstrates a commitment to the health and safety of its members.
Sudden cardiac arrest can occur at any time, even in seemingly healthy individuals. It is estimated that over 300,000 people die each year in the United States from sudden cardiac arrest. In sports clubs and arenas, the risk of sudden cardiac arrest is elevated due to the physical nature of the activities being performed. This is especially true for soccer clubs, where the athletes are constantly running and pushing themselves to the limit.
Having an AED machine on-site can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a cardiac emergency. The machine is easy to use, and instructions are provided on the device itself. The AED will analyze the heart rhythm and determine if a shock is necessary. If a shock is required, the machine will deliver it automatically, allowing for the heart to be restored to a normal rhythm.