"Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act"
NJEA supports S-1912 ScaAcaAaAca (4R) (Madden, Oroho, Diegnan, Giblin). This bill would require public and nonpublic schools to require that any student enrolled in grades six to twelve have a physical examination prior to participation on a school-sponsored athletic team.
NJEA supports this bill because it offers a series of common sense measures to prevent sudden deaths in student athletes. In addition to requiring the exam, this bill calls for updating both pre-participation forms and training for the medical professionals who examine students.
The most common cause of sudden death in an athlete is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The second most likely cause is congenital abnormalities of the coronary arteries. These life threatening problems often go unnoticed in healthy-appearing athletes. Detection of congenital or other conditions prior to a student’s participation in sports, and increasing awareness of such medical conditions among health care providers can save lives.
NJEA urges you to vote “yes” on S-1912 ScaAcaAaAca.