– Nationwide, over 7,000 children and young adults die each year from cardiac issues. In most cases, their lives could have been saved with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and a portable AED.
– Athletic children are particularly susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest. Survival rates can jump from 5%, to nearly 75% with the availability of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on site and properly trained responders.
– Introducing an EKG test as a preventable measure could detect two thirds of “deadly, concealed heart trouble aggravated by exercise in competition.”
– More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year.
– Only a few states have laws that require sports teams, clubs and facilities to have First Aid and CPR certified coaches and have an AED on site.
***A new, NCAA funded, research study supports the addition of electrocardiogram (ECG) screenings to the standardized, pre-participation exams for youth athletes to better identify cardiac abnormalities that lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD) – the leading cause of death in athletes during sport.