The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation has worked to change how young hearts are protected at home, in school, on the field and at the doctor’s office. We have introduced three laws now noticed by the California Department of Education and have augmented the California Health Education Framework to incorporate new policy and protocol for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention in youth. Our foundation has free resources to help schools and community youth sports organizations comply with these laws.
Initially a California Interscholastic Federation by-law affecting high school school sports programs, this law now applies to our state’s public, private and charter K-12 schools. It includes mandatory Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information sheets that are signed by parent/guardian and student athletes, bi-annual SCA prevention training and new removal/return to play protocol for student athletes who faint/pass out or exhibit a suspected cardiac condition.
This law extends the protocol introduced in AB1639 to community youth sports programs, with the addition that sports officials (referees, umpires, etc.) and administrators also take mandatory Sudden Cardiac Arrest prevention training. This law applies to an organization, business, non-profit entity, school or local governmental agency that sponsors or conducts amateur sports competitions, training, camps or clubs for those under 18.
This bill augments our first law by adding information about ECG testing to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information sheets that are signed by parent/guardian and student athletes. The bill is currently being reviewed in Assembly and Senate committees. The goal of this bill is to educate parents/guardians and youth about available resources to comprehensively evaluate their heart health. When passed, we will make revised SCA information sheets will be available to schools.
FREE Resources To Comply
Get the fact sheets and online training now mandated by law.