Student Athletes In Pa Could Be Benched If They Appear To Have Heart Trouble

05.31.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a law Wednesday that will require student athletes, parents, and coaches to be educated about symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly, and it kills about 7-thousand young people a year nationwide. Corbett said "being sidelined for a game is better then being lost forever. this is a law of prevention, born out of a painful loss from these families that have seen beyond their own sorrow to help others." Children who exhibit symptoms will have to be properly screened before they can return to sports. The law takes effect in 60 days.