Queen’s Park Proud to Support Heart Month

The Queen’s Park players underwent a training session with a difference this week, as the balls and cones were put away and they learned skills that could help save a life.

The Spiders teamed up with The British Heart Foundation (BHF) last October to encourage fans to have their blood pressure checked and the partnership has moved up a level, with Owen Coyle’s squad now learning how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

CPR is an emergency lifesaving procedure, performed when the heart stops beating. There are around 3,100 cardiac arrests out of hospital in Scotland every year but sadly only one in ten people survive. However, early CPR and defibrillation can more than double the chances of survival.

As a club, Queen’s are now joining the BHF as it calls on the nation to learn lifesaving CPR during February’s Heart Month.

Head Coach Coyle knows just how important CPR can be, as he explained: “Back in March 2012, I was the manager of Bolton Wanderers when one of my players, Fabrice Muamba, suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

“Thankfully, Fabrice recovered and one of the reasons for that was that he was attended to straight away. An event like that stays with you and when I was asked by BHF Scotland if the players would like to learn CPR, I said yes absolutely.”

This Heart Month, the BHF is encouraging everyone to learn CPR using its first-of-a-kind tool, RevivR, which helps the public learn this lifesaving skill for free in just 15 minutes – and all that is needed is a mobile phone and a firm cushion.

RevivR teaches how to recognise a cardiac arrest, gives feedback on chest compressions and outlines the correct steps of defibrillator use, giving anyone the confidence to step in and save a life in the event of the ultimate medical emergency.

David McColgan, Head of BHF Scotland, said: ““We are absolutely delighted to be teaming up with Queen’s Park on this important campaign.

“CPR could be the most important lesson you ever learn. With RevivR, it only takes 15 minutes – that’s a coffee break, half time in the football or the time you might spend scrolling through social media. It could help you save a life.”

Owen added: “This is such an important project that we will be rolling it out to the wider Queen’s Park community in the coming months too and we’d urge all our supporters to get involved.”

To find out more – bhf.org.uk/heartmonth #HeartMonth

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