Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Change The Way Students Play School Sports


UPDATED: Wednesday May 29, 2013 5:15 PM

A Cincinnati lawmaker introduced a bill that would change the way your child plays school sports.

The legislation would require education and safeguards to protect student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest.

Parents would be required to sign off on informational documents, and if a student exhibits symptoms, the coach would be required to remove him until he's cleared by a medical professional.

Benjamin Weisbusch began the Heart Hope Foundation three years ago after he went into sudden cardiac arrest six hours after returning from his honeymoon.

"I was an athlete all my life," Weisbusch said. "I played international hockey. I woke up one day and just fell over. My prognosis is to go forward and hopefully it doesn't happen again. My heart has gone into sudden cardiac arrest over 140 times."

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death of sudden athletes.

According to the American Pediatric Association, it kills 2,000 children a year.
 
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