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August 17th

PA Rep. Mike Vereb Legislation Protects Student Athletes Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PA Rep. Mike Vereb Legislation Protects Student Athletes Against SCA

Urging public awareness before the start of the fall school sports season, Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) today held a press conference to discuss his legislation, House Bill 1610, to educate and safeguard student athletes against sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is the leading cause of death in young athletes. In fact, according to news reports, approximately one out of every 180 students is at high risk for sudden cardiac death.

“Sudden cardiac arrest strikes quickly and unexpectedly,” Vereb said. “Parents and coaches need to be aware of the warning signs. Too often news reports contain stories of student athletes who die during a game or practice as a result of an unknown heart condition. Awareness is the first step toward prevention.”

Vereb’s legislation ensures that appropriate measures are taken when a student athlete shows symptoms of cardiac distress. Specifically, his legislation stipulates that:

August 16th

High School Soccer Player Dies Following First Practice of the Season

PITTSBUGH--The first soccer practice of the season turned tragic for Beaver County Christian School, as 15-year-old sophomore Sam Dickson collapsed Monday morning at Brush Creek Park near Beaver Falls and was later pronounced dead at Ellwood City Hospital.

According to a release from the school's director of recruitment and advancement, Rose McChesney, Dickson collapsed during a break between drills as the practice was drawing to a close. Emergency crews arrived quickly, and he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:30 p.m.

"Naturally, we are in shock and grief over this event," the release said. "But along with his parents, we rejoice in Sam's vibrant faith and deep commitment to Christ. We grieve, but not as those 'Who have no hope,' as we read in 1 Thessalonians 4:13."

August 14th

U of Michigan Helps Schools Develop Rapid Response Programs

University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center helps schools develop rapid response readiness programs to prepare for emergencies on and off the field

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As the fall sports season starts for students, millions will hit the court, the rink and the field. Every year, it seems we hear a tragic story of a young person suffering a cardiac event while participating in school sports. But who is at risk for a cardiac event and what screening process is recommended for student athletes?

“Every year, we hear about deaths among young athletes on the sports field or on the court,” says Mark Russell, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“It is a very devastating but very uncommon event. It will occur in about 100 athletes a year throughout the United States, and that’s an incidence of about 1 in about 40,000.

August 8th

No Wins, Too Many Losses

Football Deaths Should Be A Wake-Up Call for Parents and Other High School Stakeholders

August 4th

High Temperatures and Big Football Players: A Dangerous Combination

The risk of heat-related illnesses for high-school football players is higher than ever due to record high temperatures around the country and the fact that football players these days are bigger than ever. The combination is leading to a rise in the number of heat-related illnesses and deaths, said experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists in a news conference Thursday.

The death rate during football practice was about one death per year from 1980 to 1994 but has risen to 2.8 deaths per year since then, according to climatologist Andrew Grundstein of the University of Georgia. In recent days, one high school football coach and three players have died.

Grundstein studied 58 fatalities in detail and found that most of the deaths were among kids age 18 and occurred in the Eastern U.S. and during the first few days or weeks of practice. The majority of fatalities were among youths who were overweight or obese -- usually linemen.

August 3rd

Another Florida High School Football Player Suffers Sudden Death

Isaiah Laurencin

COOPER CITY, FL--The death of a Broward County high school football player is leading to a change in the way football practices are conducted across the county.

There was a somber tone at the annual meeting of Broward high school football coaches Thursday as practices are set to officially begin on Monday. The death of Isaiah Laurencin last week is fresh on the minds of coaches and athletic directors.

Laurencin collapsed during conditioning drills at Miramar High and died hours later.

“It’s made everybody much more conscious and aware of life,” said Broward County Schools Director of Student Activities and Athletics Damian Huttenhoff.

August 2nd

Georgia High School Football Player Dies After Voluntary Workout

ATLANTA--The father of Locust Grove High School football player Forest Jones, who died Tuesday night after passing out a week ago at a voluntary workout, said his son loved the game and "pushed himself too hard."

Forest Jones“He wanted to do it for me, so that when I got older he could take care of me,” Glenn Jones said Wednesday.

Jones, 16, was the second Georgia player to die on Tuesday, following the death of a South Georgia student at a football camp, and officials are trying to determine the effects of hot weather on both players.

Fitzgerald High School defensive lineman DJ Searcy died Tuesday morning after practice at a camp in northern Florida. The 16-year-old was found unresponsive in his cabin, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Florida High School Football Player Dies After Practice

LAKE CITY, Fla. — Donteria J. (DJ) Searcy, a junior on the 2011 Fitzgerald High football team, died Tuesday during the team's camp at O'Leno State Park in Columbia County, Fla.

DJ SearcySearcy had participated in a morning practice with his teammates. At approximately 11:15 a.m. he was found unresponsive in his cabin at the park. An ambulance transported Searcy to the Lake City (Fla.) Medical Center. EMTs and emergency room physicians attempted to revive him, but were unsuccessful.

August 1st

SCA Claims the Life of School Coach in Texas

Wade McLainPLANO--The intense heat that has been gripping Texas contributed to the death of a long-time high school football coach. Prestonwood Christian School assistant football coach Wade McLain, 55, collapsed and died after his school's first football practice on Monday afternoon. Monday was the 31st consecutive day in the Dallas area with temperatures that soared past the 100-degree mark.

According to assistant coach and long-time friend, Jim Struther, McLain was leaving the field for a break and collapsed before he entered the field house. A team trainer performed CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) was used prior to the arrival of paramedics.

The medical examiner later said McLain's death was due to the extreme heat and underlying heart conditions.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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