State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) this week announced the Senate passage of legislation to address and prevent sudden cardiac arrest in Ohio's student-athlete population.
The legislation, known as "Lindsay's Law," calls for pre-participation education, online training for coaches, and guidelines for recognizing and dealing with the symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. It aims at raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest to ensure preparedness and proper response in the event of medical emergencies.
Hite, a former educator and football coach, knew firsthand that awareness has the potential to save lives. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one cause of death in student-athletes nationwide.
"I just cannot imagine losing somebody because we haven't taken the time to learn more about this," said Hite. "As a former coach and educator I realized that if we raise awareness of this often-preventable condition lives could be saved."
Senator Hite traveled the state last year to hold public forums to hear from parents, coaches and medical experts on the issue among others.
"If nothing else, this bill will educate and raise awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest," said Hite. "This is a chance for all of us to save lives."
An online video would inform coaches of symptoms to better identify the onset of sudden cardiac arrest in their young athletes. The budget neutral legislation, modeled after concussion legislation that has passed in all 50 states, will be await consideration in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 252 is named for national heart health advocate and former Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis who suffers from a heart condition and has since dedicated her career to raising awareness of this potentially fatal condition.
"Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes," said Davis. "At any moment I could have died because coaches and teachers had no idea this was even a possibility for someone who looked as healthy as I did at that age."
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