Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes in schools and during after school sports. Unfortunately, there is a case of sudden cardiac arrest every three days among young athletes. The overall survival rate is about eleven percent. That’s a scary low percentage considering how many more could be saved if defibrillators were installed in school and teachers and students were given proper instruction how to use them.
Schools offering to host athletic events or having gym facilities should also have AED’s placed at accessible locations. Although, defibrillators are very easy to use, students, coaches, and teachers should all be trained so they don’t waste time during an emergency. Inexperience in operating the AED might waste precious time and cost the life of a student. It should be made a requirement during physical education that students are trained in CPR and the use of a defibrillator. It is also preferred if children are first made to go through a medical examination which can indicate potential heart problems and this can help vulnerable children to be kept away from exhausting activities that might lead to a sudden cardiac arrest.
Thus, if these measures are taken to protect young athletes and sportsmen, then the number of people experiencing this heart condition can drastically reduce and in this way we can make sure that all children are safe and protected from the dangers of this condition.
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