Not really medgadget news, but the Associated Press is reporting that FIFA is to research mysterious soccer deaths:
FIFA plans to establish a medical research center in response to a series of heart-related deaths on soccer fields around the world, president Sepp Blatter said Wednesday.
Blatter’s comments came only two days after 28-year-old Slovene goalkeeper Nedzad Botonjic suddenly collapsed and died during training.
“We have called the national associations and the clubs to make sure that the players undergo controls,” Blatter said during a one-day trip to the Slovene capital.
Last year, Hungary player Miklos Feher died while playing for Benfica. Cameroon star midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe also died during the 2003 Confederations Cup in France.
Blatter stressed the importance of cardiovascular testing, adding that soccer’s world governing body will approve the establishment of a medical center next month in the Swiss capital Zurich. FIFA hopes to uncover the reasons behind sudden deaths of top athletes, particularly during training or matches.