Joe's Mini HeartStart 4 Sports
Joe's Mini Heartstart for Sports is a pioneering scheme, aimed at offering sports club members including players, officials and supporters the chance to learn cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator.
The free one and half hours emergency lifesaving course, endorsed and supported by Leicester City Council, BHF and Heartwize is one of the key priorities of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT).
JHMT is a local charity dedicated to raising awareness of subtle heart conditions such as Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). The charity works to ensure the local sporting community is ready and better equipped to deal with someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.
The Leicestershire charity was set up in memory of local teenager Joe Humphries, who collapsed and died whilst out jogging near his home in October 2012. Joe, who was only 14 years old, seemed fit and healthy but became a victim of SADS.
SADS is a group of lethal heart conditions that cause sudden cardiac death in young people. The physical exertion of sport can trigger SADS. This doesn't mean sport is bad for you – it just causes any underlying problem to show up. Many conditions can be treated and deaths can be prevented.
Recognising any warning signs and acting promptly can mean the difference between life and death.
For further information about SADS, see Understanding SADS
In The News
Friday 11th December 2015
A recent report from Youth Watch Australia once again hammered home that we can no longer take it for granted that fit and healthy people are exempt from falling victim to sudden cardiac death, caused by undiagnosed heart conditions.
Thursday 10th September 2015
Leicester Forest Rugby Club get 'hands on' to learn lifesaving skills which could mean the difference between life and death
Monday 9th March 2015
A NEW information leaflet has been launched carrying a vital life-saving message. The leaflet, which is aimed at local sports clubs, gives advice on what to do if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.
Saturday 6th December 2014
A FOOTBALL club is unveiling a new defibrillator at a Christmas jumper fun run event over the weekend.
Friday 28th November 2014
Some of Leicester-shire's top academy footballers went back to the class room earlier today to learn key lifesaving skills as part of the the Joe's Mini Heartstart for Sports (JMHS4S) lifesaving course which was delivered by JHMT's Alan Harrison White.