Scotland’s men’s Rugby squad have been busy learning CPR and you can learn too!
In collaboration with the Scottish Ambulance Service and Save a Life for Scotland, the men’s Scottish rugby team recently took some time out of their training to learn a lifesaving skill – cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The session was led by Scottish Rugby’s chief medical officer and team doctor Dr James Robson. Dr Robson demonstrated key steps to help save a life if you come across someone who is unconscious and not breathing, and encouraged the national men’s squad to have a go themselves.
Scottish Rugby has been planning CPR training sessions for the squad for a while and recent events have highlighted the importance of learning CPR with Danish football player Christian Eriksen suffering a cardiac arrest during the Euros. Just one day later, twenty year old Hamish Bell had a cardiac arrest whilst at rugby training with Blairgowrie RFC.
There are many similarities between Bell and Eriksen – both were young and fit sportsmen who suffered a cardiac arrest. They were both also saved by the quick action of their teammates, sports staff and medical team – recognition of a cardiac arrest, CPR and use of a defibrillator.
The experiences of Bell and Eriksen have been an important reminder that cardiac arrests can happen to anyone at any time, but we all have the power to help save a life.
Learn how to save a life alongside the Scottish Rugby team! Grab a pillow to practice your CPR skills, your friends or family and learn together by watching the video below.