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Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death for youth and teen athletes during exercise. Many athletes who suffer from SCA on the field show no warning symptoms. Knowing how to react when a cardiac event occurs is crucial. Ensure your organization is equipped with AEDs and proper training in order to react quickly when an incident occurs.
A collapsed and unresponsive athlete - especially without any recent trauma.
Brief, seizure-like movements in the arm and legs – 50 percent of athletes with SCA will display these types of motions.
Also be aware of warning symptoms of a current heart condition (chest pain with exercise, racing heart – when it shouldn’t, passing out with exercise, shortness of breath or fatigue, a family history of heart conditions or SCA before the age of 50).
Choose a coach to organize and remove the rest of the team from the injury site.
Have player/parent phone numbers available and a point person to contact the parents if one is not present.
Acquire AEDs to have onsite during games and practices.