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British Cycling to introduce mandatory heart tests for athletes under its care

Annual ECGs on the cards for riders within the system

British Cycling is reportedly set to introduce mandatory heart tests for athletes under its care.

According to Sky News, all riders from academy through to elite level will have an electrocardiogram (ECG) and heart scan each year to determine how much they are at risk of a sudden cardiac arrest.

Sky News reports that academics from Liverpool John Moores University will be scanning athletes as part of its research.

Cardiologist Professor John Somauroo said: "We know there are high profile athletes having cardiac arrests.”

Ringing an alarm bell, he said: "But equally unfortunately there are about current thinking around 12 young athletes between the ages of 14 and 35 per week dropping dead in Britain.

"And in fact that's relatively old data and the newer data suggests that it's at least 20 young people if not even higher that are having those events per week.

"If you were to have a bus load of kids crashing into a low bridge every week and half the children were killed.

"They'd do something about the bridges or the bus routes," he added.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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