A MUST for coaches in all sports at all levels! Take this free 20
minute course to get educated about sudden cardiac arrest signs,
symptoms and strategies for prevention. Individuals who successfully
complete the course will receive a certificate.Watch the video.
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California’s First Legislation on SCA Prevention for Student Athletestitle
Governor Brown signed AB 1639, the Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention
Act, into law on September 29,2016 which expands student athlete safety
standards to include Sudden Cardiac Arrest protocol. The legislation will require student athletes to acknowledge annually that they received
a fact sheet on cardiac arrest warning signs starting July 1, 2017. It
will also require a coach or someone in a similar position to remove a
student who passes out or faints during athletic activity.
The first symptom you see could be death for thousands of youth under 25.
That’s what parents and educators don’t know about sudden cardiac
arrest (SCA)—the #2 medical cause of death under 25 and the #1 killer of
Up to 10,000 youth are affected annually by a heart
condition that often has unrecognized warning signs. In fact, an
American Board of Family Medicine study found that 72% of students who
suffered a cardiac arrest were reported by their parents to have had at
least one cardiovascular symptom before the event. They just didn’t recognize it as life threatening.
While there is growing protection from concussions for student
athletes, there is to date no legislation that helps to safeguard young
hearts. Yet as reported by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports
Injury Research, more athletes die from a cardiac arrest than from incurring injuries while playing sports.
A 2015 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) survey of California high school athletic directors
underscored the importance of education, and training on school
campuses. The survey revealed that at least 15% of schools were aware of
one or more SCA incidents having occurred in their student
community—that translates to hundreds of youth in our state lost to a
silent killer. A January 2016 study by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Foundation confirmed that there is an urgent need to counteract the
dangerously low awareness of SCA in order to prevent more needless
Through new education and awareness protocol, the Eric Paredes Sudden
Cardiac Arrest Awareness Act seeks to remedy this gap in student safety
requirements as set forth in the current education code. We invite you
to read more about this life-saving bill and join us in our mission to
protect young hearts.
For information on CIF sudden cardiac arrest prevention protocol, click here.