What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal if not treated immediately, most often by a defibrillator.
Who is Lindsay?
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.”
Lindsay’s Law, Ohio Revised Code 3313.5310, 3707.58 and 3707.59 becomes effective on August 1, 2017. In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
To meet the requirements of this new law, all student-athletes and parents must view a 16 minute, 30 second video by visiting http://tinyurl.com/ycgf5pz4. Once this video has been viewed, you must print out the new Lindsay’s Law form which can be found in the Forms section on our home page, fill it out with both student and parent signatures and bring it into the High School Athletic Office. This form is required by state law and no student-athlete will be permitted to begin practicing on July 31 (football) or August 1 (all other fall sports) until it is on file with the other forms. You may also pick up a copy of the new form in our office if you would prefer to go that route.