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Piermario Morosini: Tragic Death Proves More Extreme Health Testing Is Needed

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2012

BERGAMO, ITALY - JANUARY 09:  (Lto R) Vincenzo Camilleri of Albinoleffe competes with Piermario Morosini of Reggina during the Serie B match between Albinoleffe and Reggina at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on January 9, 2010 in Bergamo, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
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World football player Piermario Morosini died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the pitch, according to ESPN Soccernet.

The 25-year-old Livorno midfielder collapsed during a Serie B match at Pescara. The death has caused shockwaves through the soccer community.

No matter what sport you play or what country you come from, watching a 25–year-old lose his or her life is too much to bear. Just like Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba’s similar situation earlier this year, the soccer world must act to protect their athletes.

The Washington Post is reporting about the scene that surrounded the star’s death:

Morosini, who was on loan from Udinese, fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and tried unsuccessfully to get up before receiving medical attention on the field. A defibrillator was used on the player, and he was conscious when he was taken off on a stretcher.

Something has to be done to avoid these kinds of situations from happening as much as they have in the past. With all of the extra technology our world has developed and the money spent on athletes, there should be mandatory testing that starts as early as possible.

As much as clubs will say that they are doing all they can to protect the safety of their players, there is always more than can be done. These kinds of deaths should be avoidable with all of the emphasis on health care in this world.

Just like American athletes like Boston Celtic small forward Reggie Lewis and Loyola Marymount power forward Hank Gathers, the sudden death of young athletes before their time due to cardiac arrest is a problem that has faced the sports world for years. As time has passed, the technology has continued to get better in fighting these cases, but it's never enough.

When we lose a young man like Piermario Morosini far too soon, it is our job to never let his name be forgotten. Advocating for change in his name is the right way to make it live on.

Check back for more on World Football as it comes, and check out Bleacher Report’s Soccer Page to get your fill of all things soccer.

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