Southampton's Jack Cork talks about his heart scare

Daily Echo: Jack Cork in his Team GB tracksuit Jack Cork in his Team GB tracksuit

SAINTS midfielder Jack Cork insists he is determined to appreciate every moment of his Olympic experience after suffering terrifying heart problems last year.

Cork, currently with the Team GB Olympic football team, suffered the ordeal while playing for England under-21s in March 2011, just a few months before he moved to Saints. He was competing against Iceland in Preston when his heart started racing, even going as high as three beats per second while resting.

Cork was hospitalised overnight while medics sought to get the problem under control.

Thankfully, there were no lasting repercussions for Cork but, after the cardiac arrest suffered by Fabrice Muamba, pictured, last season, it has put everything into perspective for the 22-year-old ahead of his experience of a lifetime at London 2012. “Things like that do bring it back to you about what a great opportunity you’ve got,” said Cork, left.

“You can’t take anything for granted because you might not be here tomorrow.

“It does make you think how lucky you are to be involved in a set-up like this.

“I played for the Under- 21s at Preston against Iceland and I don’t know if it was viral thing, but I remember going through the first half and thinking my heart was beating so fast.

“I was asked if I could see it through to half-time, but I remember just aching.

“My heart rate wouldn’t come down and I was having palpitations and had to go to hospital.

“I stayed overnight and eventually my heart-rate came down.

“It was a bit scary, but it’s all sorted again. If it happens again, that’s when you start to worry.

“Luckily for me, mine wasn’t as nearly as bad as [Fabrice] Muamba’s, but it was horrible to see what happened to him on the pitch and hearing everything about it.

“He’s alright now though hopefully.”

Cork and his other Team GB colleagues play their first friendly against Brazil on Friday at Middlesbrough ahead of their first Olympic match with Senegal on July 26.

They then go on to face UAE and Uruguay in their other group stage games.

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5:06pm Thu 19 Jul 12

saint t.boy says...

I sh!t myself when I read the tittle! I thought he had heart attack or something away with the Olympic squad!! Phew.
I sh!t myself when I read the tittle! I thought he had heart attack or something away with the Olympic squad!! Phew. saint t.boy
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5:09pm Thu 19 Jul 12

lavalady says...

Well done Jack for felling ok now and good luck too you and team GB
Well done Jack for felling ok now and good luck too you and team GB lavalady
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6:08pm Thu 19 Jul 12

saintdave1976 says...

Well done Jack!! U r doing us proud!! Have a word with butland for us :-P
Well done Jack!! U r doing us proud!! Have a word with butland for us :-P saintdave1976
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7:12pm Thu 19 Jul 12

worried of n e hampshire says...

never knew about this, crikey! good luck for the olympics Jack
never knew about this, crikey! good luck for the olympics Jack worried of n e hampshire
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7:14pm Thu 19 Jul 12

chunky_lover says...

svt?
svt? chunky_lover
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8:01pm Thu 19 Jul 12

dadofmy3sons says...

Who decided to bring this up now?
Was it really Jack Cork, or a member of the media seeking to burst a bubble?
Good news all around for Saints with good results in a friendly (not even mentioned), signings of young players and exciting times ahead. The Echo decide to bring us all down to earth by reminding us what a tenuous hold we all have on life.
This is typical strategy, and it makes me wonder why Cortese did fall out with the management at our local rag !
I hope Jack has a brilliant Olympics and returns a conquering hero and continues that form for Saints.
But what will the Echo have to do then to pin **** dreams?
Who decided to bring this up now? Was it really Jack Cork, or a member of the media seeking to burst a bubble? Good news all around for Saints with good results in a friendly (not even mentioned), signings of young players and exciting times ahead. The Echo decide to bring us all down to earth by reminding us what a tenuous hold we all have on life. This is typical strategy, and it makes me wonder why Cortese did fall out with the management at our local rag ! I hope Jack has a brilliant Olympics and returns a conquering hero and continues that form for Saints. But what will the Echo have to do then to pin **** dreams? dadofmy3sons
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11:20pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Tirau Dan says...

Good on you Jack... be a good lad stay well. Also make sure you and your mates don't give us all so many heart flutters this year! We Saints supporter have a good supply of nitro spray and pills handy for games.
Good Luck GB
Good on you Jack... be a good lad stay well. Also make sure you and your mates don't give us all so many heart flutters this year! We Saints supporter have a good supply of nitro spray and pills handy for games. Good Luck GB Tirau Dan
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8:26am Fri 20 Jul 12

St Retford says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
Who decided to bring this up now?
Was it really Jack Cork, or a member of the media seeking to burst a bubble?
Good news all around for Saints with good results in a friendly (not even mentioned), signings of young players and exciting times ahead. The Echo decide to bring us all down to earth by reminding us what a tenuous hold we all have on life.
This is typical strategy, and it makes me wonder why Cortese did fall out with the management at our local rag !
I hope Jack has a brilliant Olympics and returns a conquering hero and continues that form for Saints.
But what will the Echo have to do then to pin **** dreams?
I don't think it does any of any harm to be reminded how tenuous our grasp on life is. It's good for perspective.

In which case, readers of The News must have reached a particularly advanced state of wisdom beyond even the teachings of buddhism by now.
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: Who decided to bring this up now? Was it really Jack Cork, or a member of the media seeking to burst a bubble? Good news all around for Saints with good results in a friendly (not even mentioned), signings of young players and exciting times ahead. The Echo decide to bring us all down to earth by reminding us what a tenuous hold we all have on life. This is typical strategy, and it makes me wonder why Cortese did fall out with the management at our local rag ! I hope Jack has a brilliant Olympics and returns a conquering hero and continues that form for Saints. But what will the Echo have to do then to pin **** dreams?[/p][/quote]I don't think it does any of any harm to be reminded how tenuous our grasp on life is. It's good for perspective. In which case, readers of The News must have reached a particularly advanced state of wisdom beyond even the teachings of buddhism by now. St Retford
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8:50am Fri 20 Jul 12

Ciaran says...

dadofmy3sons wrote:
Who decided to bring this up now?
Was it really Jack Cork, or a member of the media seeking to burst a bubble?
Good news all around for Saints with good results in a friendly (not even mentioned), signings of young players and exciting times ahead. The Echo decide to bring us all down to earth by reminding us what a tenuous hold we all have on life.
This is typical strategy, and it makes me wonder why Cortese did fall out with the management at our local rag !
I hope Jack has a brilliant Olympics and returns a conquering hero and continues that form for Saints.
But what will the Echo have to do then to pin **** dreams?
What a moronic comment.
[quote][p][bold]dadofmy3sons[/bold] wrote: Who decided to bring this up now? Was it really Jack Cork, or a member of the media seeking to burst a bubble? Good news all around for Saints with good results in a friendly (not even mentioned), signings of young players and exciting times ahead. The Echo decide to bring us all down to earth by reminding us what a tenuous hold we all have on life. This is typical strategy, and it makes me wonder why Cortese did fall out with the management at our local rag ! I hope Jack has a brilliant Olympics and returns a conquering hero and continues that form for Saints. But what will the Echo have to do then to pin **** dreams?[/p][/quote]What a moronic comment. Ciaran
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9:12am Fri 20 Jul 12

Alicesdad says...

I think it's good to hear a young man appreciating the value of life and who also appreciates that it can change in the blink of an eye.

This hasn't affected his ability, enthusiasm or his importance to our team. As they say, life goes on. Good on you Jack, hope you get a gold medal.
I think it's good to hear a young man appreciating the value of life and who also appreciates that it can change in the blink of an eye. This hasn't affected his ability, enthusiasm or his importance to our team. As they say, life goes on. Good on you Jack, hope you get a gold medal. Alicesdad
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9:30am Fri 20 Jul 12

UKIPsouthampton says...

I have suffered from the same problem myself. The question is, are we doing ourselves damage from over exercising and putting such strain on the heart from such a young age? I have had ongoing problems from the age of 16 with palpitations and waking up in the middle of the night with a racing heart. Even had a ECG and a 24hr heart monitor and it showed up no results. More research is needed, especially the monitoring of young athletes.
I have suffered from the same problem myself. The question is, are we doing ourselves damage from over exercising and putting such strain on the heart from such a young age? I have had ongoing problems from the age of 16 with palpitations and waking up in the middle of the night with a racing heart. Even had a ECG and a 24hr heart monitor and it showed up no results. More research is needed, especially the monitoring of young athletes. UKIPsouthampton
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4:07pm Sat 21 Jul 12

saintdave1976 says...

We played yesterday Jack u had a very good game thought!! It was the cutting edge up frount which let us down!! It was tonnes better second half!!
We played yesterday Jack u had a very good game thought!! It was the cutting edge up frount which let us down!! It was tonnes better second half!! saintdave1976
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