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May 28th

Heart Scare Prompts Push for Defibrillators at Youth Sports Venues

LAS VEGAS, NV--Some quick thinking, a good response time and a lot of luck kept one boy’s heart beating and inspired a mother to push for change.

Adam Afromsky loves soccer, so when his team, the Las Vegas Sports Academy 98 Boys Red, went to the state championship last year on Mother’s Day, he was excited.

“It was a normal day,” Adam recalled. “I felt nervous, other than that everything was fine.”

Five minutes into the game, that excitement turned to panic when Adam collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest.

An emergency room doctor and a nurse on adjacent fields rushed over after hearing his mother’s panicked screams. They administered CPR to the unconscious boy until Emergency Medical Services could respond.

“We were lucky, because every minute counts,” Melanie Afromsky, Adam’s mother, said. “Adam is an athlete. He is a healthy boy. We never expected for this to happen.”

May 20th

High School Staff Honored for Saving Pregnant Teacher

HOUSTON, TX--When a pregnant teacher in Texas collapsed, her coworkers rushed to help. The woman technically died, gave birth and then was brought back to life.

Erica Nigrelli, 32, an English teacher at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, collapsed in a co-worker's classroom when she was 36 weeks pregnant.

"Apparently I told her, 'I feel very faint,' and I put my head down and I essentially just passed out," Erica Nigrelli said.

Erica's husband, Nathan, is also a teacher at Elkins.

"I opened the door and walked in and Erica was laying on the floor," he said.

Erica Nigrelli's heart had stopped. Some co-workers started CPR and used a defibrillator to get it working again. They kept her alive until paramedics came and rushed her to the hospital.

May 14th

Keep Youth Sports Safety Top of Mind: Guidelines from National Athletic Trainers Association

DALLAS, TX–With the spring sports season well underway and summer preseason practices and youth league games around the corner, young athletes are already enjoying warm weather activities and competition. “Every team and athlete should have sports safety as a top priority,” says Larry Cooper, chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Secondary School Committee and head athletic trainer at Penn Trafford (Pa.) High School. “It’s vital for coaches, athletic trainers, parents and the athletes themselves to maintain good communication and follow guidelines to ensure all participants are fit for play.” 

Keep Youth Sports Safety Top of Mind: Guidelines from National Athletic Trainers Association

DALLAS, TX–With the spring sports season well underway and summer preseason practices and youth league games around the corner, young athletes are already enjoying warm weather activities and competition. “Every team and athlete should have sports safety as a top priority,” says Larry Cooper, chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Secondary School Committee and head athletic trainer at Penn Trafford (Pa.) High School. “It’s vital for coaches, athletic trainers, parents and the athletes themselves to maintain good communication and follow guidelines to ensure all participants are fit for play.” 

May 10th

Hidden Threats to Young Athletes

In February, hundreds of youth sports safety advocates convened at a Washington hotel. They were determined to talk about something other than concussions, a counterintuitive ambition considering the rampant worry about the effects of head trauma in young athletes.

But the Washington group knew something most do not: the No. 1 killer of young athletes is sudden cardiac arrest, typically brought on by a pre-existing, detectable condition that could have been treated. Another substantial yet hidden lethal threat is heat stroke, a condition considered completely preventable.

May 8th

New Law Says Washington State High School Students Must Learn CPR

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed SHB 1556 into law today ensuring that all high school students receive CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training before they graduate.  SHB 1556 will make CPR education part of health class and will create a new generation of lifesavers according to the many groups supporting the bill.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360,000 people in the United States suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, and only 9.5% survive, often because they don’t receive timely CPR. Bystander CPR, when given right away, can double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival.

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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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