Fabrice Muamba suggests reason for cardiac arrest

07:01 04 December 2012

Former footballer Fabrice Muamba impressed during his Strictly stint File picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Former footballer Fabrice Muamba impressed during his Strictly stint File picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Fabrice Muamba believes his cardiac arrest could have been caused after he pushed himself too hard in training ahead of Bolton’s pre-season last year.

The 24-year-old, who attended Kelmscott School in Walthamstow, collapsed on the pitch during Bolton’s FA Cup quarter final against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in March and has since retired from football on medical advice after he recovered at the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green.

Muamba told ITV4’s Fabrice Muamba: Sports Life Stories he felt the intensive training period could have caused the cardiac arrest which left him unconscious for three days and stopped his heart from beating for 78 minutes.

“I pushed myself too far,” Muamba said. “Last season before the pre-season I went away to America for two weeks just to work, work, work, you know. Just physically to work and get myself in a good condition to come back and play in the Premier League again.

“I was fit but I wanted to be even fitter. I wanted to come back even fitter than the other guys. I was in this complex in New York and you worked everything from running, gym work - everything.”

“I think it’s one of the reasons this caused this cardiac arrest - I think I pushed myself very very far to the point where, maybe I went too far with it.”

However, Professor Richard Schilling, a heart rhythm specialist, is not convinced that the two-week intensive fitness training could have been a trigger for Muamba’s cardiac arrest six months later.

Schilling told the programme: “It was very likely that this cardiac arrest was going to happen at some point. Whether that intensive training period brought that time forward it’s impossible to know for sure but anything is possible.”

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:09
Mesut Ozil puts Arsenal in front at Norwich

Norwich City 1 Arsenal 1

Tottenham's Heung-Min Son (left) battles with Pedro at White Hart Lane

Tottenham extended their unbeaten run to 13 Premier League games and maintained their 10-point lead over Chelsea after a goalless draw at White Hart Lane.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Former Tottenham and Chelsea midfielder Micky Hazard says Blues manager Jose Mourinho has lacked dignity this season and believes the Portuguese could benefit from showing greater humility.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Arsenal fans show their colours and support in the stands. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Alex Bellotti suggests the sanctity of match-going is being replaced by passionate fan communities online.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Mauricio Pochettino (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Harry Kane fired Tottenham into the knockout stages of the Europa League as they finally overcame stubborn Group J minnows Qarabag 1-0 in Baku.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Maksim Medvedev of Qarabag challenged by Christian Eriksen  (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Spurs beat Qarabag 1-0 to qualify for the Europa League last 16 in Azerbaijan, here’s how we rated the players.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Surrey winners of the Division 2 LV County Championship  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

English cricket will break with tradition in 2016 after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced a new rule which will see the forsaking of the toss.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou. Pic: Tony Gay

Jerome Martelli struck the decisive goal as Haringey Borough earned a crucial home win in Saturday’s basement battle against Heybridge and climbed out of the relegation zone in Ryman League Division One North.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder