Study Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Student Athletes

nc-stampSB 538 – Sudden Cardiac Arrest Task Force

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Floyd McKissick (D – Durham), Sen. Ralph Hise (R – Madison), Sen. Louis Pate (R – Wayne)

This bill would establish a Joint Legislative Task Force on Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Student Athletes. The Task Force would consist of the following members:

  • Two members of the Senate appointed upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, with one member serving as co-chair;
  • Two members of the House of Representatives appointed upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House with one member serving as co-chair;
  • Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, or a designee;
  • A representative of the American Heart Association, appointed upon recommendation of the co-chairs.

The Task Force shall study the following:

  • Frequency of sudden cardiac arrest or other heart conditions in student athletes;
  • Other jurisdictions that have strategies to mitigate risks to student athletes, like mandatory heart exams;
  • Cost of requiring student athletes to be tested for heart conditions.
 
 

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