In January 2019 Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, 77th District, introduced AB 379 to extend the sudden cardiac arrest prevention protocol in effect for school-sponsored sports activities to community youth sports programs. Co-sponsored by the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation and the California Athletic Trainers, this bill is now making its way through the California state legislature.
Show your support for this SCA prevention protocol! A sample support letter can be downloaded, personalized and forwarded as indicated on the letter.
Currently, AB 1639 (2015), the Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act enacted new SCA prevention protocol for school-sponsored athletic activities.
Further, AB 2007 (2016) requires youth sports organizations to follow certain concussion protocol that helps to educate families about head injuries, train coaches about best practices for head injuries and protect young athletes suspected of having a concussion.
AB 379 would require the same protocols used for concussions in youth and high school sports to be used to help protect young athletes from sudden cardiac arrest—the #1 killer of young athletes. Bill requirements include:
- All youth sports leagues, camps and clubs must immediately remove an athlete from an athletic activity who faints, or who is suspected of experiencing warning signs that appear to be cardiovascular related
- Parents and youth annually review information about warning signs and risk factors of sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond to a cardiac emergency
- Coaches and referees complete a sudden cardiac arrest prevention training course.
Supporters include: Boys & Girl’s Club, California PTA, Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation, Cardiac Science, City of Beverly Hills, City of San Diego, County of San Diego, Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, Heartbeat of Champions Foundation, LA Galaxy, Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians, Olivia’s Heart Project, Parent Heart Watch, Revive Solutions, Saving Hearts Foundation, San Diego State University Institute of Public Health, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Travis Roy Foundation and Via Heart Project