The Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Prevention Act

The goal of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Prevention Act (also known as the Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act) is to promote safe interscholastic athletics and to prevent incidents of SCA in student-athletes.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating. When that happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. If it is not treated, SCA usually causes death within minutes. But quick treatment with a defibrillator may be lifesaving.

What are the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest?

Warning signs and symptoms can appear up to two weeks before cardiac arrest takes place. Chest pain is most commonly reported by men, while women commonly report shortness of breath. You may also experience unexplained fainting or dizziness, fatigue or a racing heart –

The law requires districts to provide information to parents/guardians of student-athletes prior to the student’s participation in any interscholastic athletics. The law also requires coaches to hold a valid certificate of completion of a first aid knowledge and skills course offered by a nationally recognized organization.