A lesson for all

First aid courses are a must

Last Updated: 20/03/12 1:25pm

You may remember I trained with Bolton last year. I went on about it enough. I like to call it a trial. It wasn't. I'm not quite good enough to play Premier League football.

"Fabrice was lucky to have so many medically trained people around him, but if someone collapsed in the street would I really be sure? "

Max Rushden

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I didn't know a lot about Fabrice Muamba before the day, and to be honest, I didn't know a huge amount him afterwards. In any dressing room you have big personalities and especially when cameras are around, a few of the players don't want the exposure.

But he came across as a very genuine, polite individual. And when I briefly spoke to him he had a quality that is rare among footballers - he was interested in what we were doing.

It's something I noticed with Owen Coyle as well - who has lead Bolton brilliantly since he arrived, epitomised by the way he's dealt with everything since Saturday night.

At the time of writing (Tuesday morning) things are looking more positive. Fabrice is now talking to family members and breathing unaided. He's in the best possible hands, but he's not out of the woods.

And for me it's a shame that only in this crisis have we celebrated his extraordinary achievements. There are countless people in this country who come here in very difficult circumstances, work hard and excel.

His journey from DR Congo to playing at the top level of English football must have taken a dedication and passion that most of us can't even comprehend. Fabrice is a very public example of this. But it's not unique.

Trained

Also when I was watching events at White Hart Lane, I thought about if I'd known what to do in those circumstances. Fabrice was lucky to have so many medically trained people around him, but if someone collapsed in the street would I really be sure?

My response would be a mix of a first aid course I did ages ago, a few episodes of casualty and that Vinny Jones advert. Basic CPR is somewhere in my brain, but I couldn't be sure I'd be doing the right thing.

And I do wonder why we don't learn it in schools. We learn enough things that haven't helped me too much in life - how to build a suspension bridge, the absorption rate of rocks, the history of castles for example.

Surely it'd make sense to do a GCSE in basic first aid. I'm not sure you can learn it enough times - so that on that one occasion when you need to use it, you know what you're doing.

Have a good week,

Max