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Shaw: Overwhelming response to KSAFA's medical screening

Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

President of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), Wayne Shaw, says the response to medical screening for players has been overwhelming since it was introduced just under a year ago.

The screenings, undertaken by Delgado Health Services, were put in place by KSAFA, following the death of Olympic Gardens player Okeem Forth, who collapsed and died last year during a semi-final game against Molynes United on April 28.

Shaw told The Gleaner that since they started the screening process more that 8,000 players from right across KSAFA's various competitions have been screened.

"We knew that the clubs cannot afford the full cost and some of the tests have been discounted by up to 75 per cent. You are not going to get this kind of discount anywhere else, hence all of our clubs have taken advantage of the service offered by Delgado Health Services," Shaw said.

"At first, the clubs and the players were a bit tentative about this, but Delgado Health Services has since discovered that a lot of players have heart and many other problems since it started," he said.

This point was also shared by managing director of Delgado Health Services Ryhon Brooks.

"The response is good because the players are saying once we get past this then we are healthy and if you want to be a professional footballer, then you have to make sure that you can pass a medical," Brooks said.