Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

06/24/2024 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/24/2024 23:46

Saving Lives: The Austrian National Soccer Team Practiced First-Aid with the SINUS Linz Team

JKU medical students involved in SINUS Linz are campaigning to raise awareness about crucial life-saving actions.

The Austrian national football team with members of SINUS Linz; photo credit: Kelemen/ÖFB

Shortly before the start of the European Championships, the Austrian national football team took advantage of SINUS' expertise! As part of a partnership between UEFA and the ERC (European Resuscitation Council), SINUS Linz held a first-aid and CPR course for the Austrian Football Association players and the coaching staff. Teams from Georgia, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia spent time in Austria training for the European Championships as well and also had an opportunity to take a first-aid course as part of a "GOAL" course (GO and save A Life) organized by SINUS Linz.

Football players and other athletes are often are under immense physical pressure to perform in an environment where medical emergencies can occur at any time, be it on the pitch or during practice. Athletes must not only be physically fit, but also in a position to respond correctly in the event of an emergency. The footballers are very aware of just how important first-aid is and were motivated to learn more and conscientiously practice CPR on resuscitation dummies.