Lindsay’s Law: Protecting Youth Athletes

. October 31, 2018.
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Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, is the number one killer of student athletes? That information is now more widely known because of Lindsay’s Law, which requires participants, parents and coaches of youth sports in Ohio to understand the warning signs of SCA. Enacted in 2017, Lindsay’s law was named for former Miss Ohio, Lindsay Davis, who suffers from a heart condition that could have been deadly if she had not caught the signs early. She now dedicates herself to raising awareness of SCA and the risk it poses for young athletes.

Lindsay’s Law requirements

All parents, guardians and young athletes in community-based or school sports must watch an informative video, read a handout and sign a form that says they understand the warning signs and risks of SCA. Coaches must fulfill training requirements including learning CPR and completing a sudden cardiac arrest training course to allow them to be ready to assist young athletes.

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Mobile cardiac screenings at Findlay High School

Nate Weihrauch, Director of Athletics at Findlay High School, goes above and beyond to protect the lives of high school athletes. In addition to complying with Lindsay’s Law, Findlay High School brings in MCORE mobile cardiac screenings twice a year to detect heart conditions in students who wish to be screened. “Our goal is to be proactive. We have always prioritized the safety of our student athletes as well as all students here at Findlay High School,” explains Weihrauch.

Anyone interested in becoming trained in CPR can save a life. To register for a class or get more information about trainings go to redcross.org.