New FA centre can prevent another Muamba, reveals England team doctor Beasley

Backing: England doctor Ian Beasley

Backing: England doctor Ian Beasley

England's team doctor Ian Beasley believes the new St George's Park complex will be the trigger for even more detailed health screening of players in this country.

The much-anticipated complex at Burton is due to open later this summer.

Although the main aim is to improve coaching standards, it will also boast a significant medical facility which the Football Association believe will gain the prestigious F-MARC for excellence from world governing body FIFA.

In the wake of the treatment Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba received at Tottenham on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest, the way players are looked after is now a hot topic.

And while Dr Beasley believes the medical attention Muamba received at White Hart Lane saved his life, he feels St George's Park will be the catalyst for even greater improvement.

'We will be able to monitor players from a much younger age and in far more detail,' he said.

'We will have the capacity to view their skeletons, monitor their heart rates, give them cardiac tests, from the youngest teams right up to the national side.

'If they are part of an academy the information will go onto the passports they receive under the Elite Player Performance Plan.

'St George's Park is something very close to my heart and whilst I have been to many FIFA centres of medical excellence around the world, it has the ability to be much better.'

Hope: Fabrice Muamba is making a good recovery

Hope: Fabrice Muamba is making a good recovery

The medical staff who treated Muamba on Saturday have earned widespread praise for their work, which Dr Beasley acknowledges saved the 23-year-old's life.

Not everyone is entirely happy though, in particular Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who expressed his concerns in forthright fashion on Tuesday.

Dr Beasley can understand Mancini's argument for more rigorous screening and it is something that will be brought up at key meetings of football's senior doctors in May.

The FA medical committee meet on May 3, while on May 10 the Premier League doctors group will convene.

FA AREA course is the FA Advance Resuscitation and Emergency Aid course.

'In the past there has been no real consensus about how often screening should be done,' Dr Beasley added. 'FIFA say once every two years, UEFA say every year, in Italy it is every six months.

Horror: Muamba collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane

Horror: Muamba collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane

'Doctors would love to see every player screened all the time, but there is a cost implication. When we sit down together in May we will talk to each other and see what the best way of screening should be.

'After all, we might not get everything but if we manage to save one player, it has to be worth considering.'

However, what happened at the weekend convinced Dr Beasley more than ever that a Premier League football ground is one of the best places to have a major health trauma.

'I quite often say if you are going to have a heart attack, do it at 3pm on a Saturday at the Emirates Stadium or White Hart Lane, or wherever,' he said.

'Not only do they have the facilities, they have the best trained people.

'The FA runs courses (the AREA or Advance Resuscitation and Emergency Aid course) and we hope everybody in football continues to be trained in this way.

'On Saturday, if Fabrice had not received the care he did, he would not have survived.'