Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) March 26, 2011
Sports For Life, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides sports camps for youth has decided to take a stand against the fatalities of athletes due to sudden heart attacks. Alexis Levi, Executive Director of Alexis Levi Sports Executive, Owner/GM of the Las Vegas Stars Professional Men’s Team and Sports Agent Advisor have developed a national program that will bring global awareness to athletes, parents and coaches.
Sudden heart attacks is the leading cause of medical fatalities to student athletes however, most communities are ill equipped to handle a cardiac crisis. Parents, coaches, students and yes even medical professionals need to be educated so that we can prevent needless tragedies. Ms. Levi states that after researching this tragic sequence of events, she has found several agencies that have been developed to protect medical decisions regarding the athlete but unfortunately none of these decisions are mandated. Upon speaking with Linette Derminer the Co-Founder of Parent Watch, a National Organization that works with parents who have lost a child to sudden heart attack and Director of the Non Profit Organization KEN (Kids Endangered Now) Heart Foundation that was created after the loss of her own son KEN, Ms. Levi realized that there were many cases in addition to those that have garnered national media exposure.
This health initiative is a national campaign dedicated to providing education to athletes, parents and coaches outlining a precise screening, monitoring and maintenance plan which includes making monitoring devices available to school associations and districts. Research shows that every nine (9) days an athlete dies from Sudden Heart Attack and that Congenital Aortic Valve Stenosis is highly likely to be detected in a routine physical examination. However, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, HCM which accounts for the majority of sudden deaths in young athletes, may not be identified at all. Cardiac Disease such as HCM, Marfan’s Syndrome, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular, Cardiomyopathy and Premature Coronary Artery, most of which can be detected in family history goes unidentified.
The American Heart Association has favored Cardiovascular Pre-Participation Screenings for Athletes but there is no monitoring during the season. It is stated that reasonable care is to be initiated in athletic programs for the purpose of detecting medically significant cardiovascular abnormalities. There is no legal precedent regarding the duty to conduct screening this need to be change. Currently, there are no legally binding requirements established by State Law or any athletic governing body to perform Cardiovascular Screening and/or diagnose cardiac disease in young competitors, the responsibility lies on physicians to exercise prudent efforts and judgment to identify life-threatening diseases in athletes to minimize risks associated with competitive sports and to protect health of such individuals.
Ms. Levi states that they are in the process of creating a National Registry because ccurrently; there is not a national mandatory reporting system to investigate the cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and death in the youth population. Without this, the conflicting reports and statistics are slowing down the process in the prevention efforts. We believe a national registry would eliminate conflicts, show the true extent of SCA in youth, validate funding for the prevention efforts of SCA and increase overall survival rates. The issue is greatly minimized when the data gleaned only represents some athletes affected. This does not represent the true extent of sudden cardiac death (SCD) amongst all athletes and youths as a whole. Most youths do participate in some type of sport however, not all youth that suffer an SCA will become a victim during a sporting event. Some athletes affected are at non athletic events at school, pickup games, at home or in their sleep, and are not accounted for in the current data reported. We will not stand by and let our children die. We look to athletic performance after present hindrances to ethical obligations to assure that athletes are not subject to unacceptable rises.
The Sports for Life Athlete Health Program will offer 3 Tiers:
Education and Awareness:
During our health workshop, students will be educated to identify the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease. They will learn how to check their pulse and Blood pressure as well as the importance of nutrition and diet.
Step 2: The use of monitoring devices and implementation a maintenance Plan for the School, Camp, Etc.
Stations will be set up to check cholesterol, Heart Rate, ECG and Blood Pressure. Our staff will work closely with hospitals, urgent care centers, school nurses and school health centers. An annual reporting program will be kept in place that will be kept on record at The Sports for Life corporate office, school office or association office. We are also in negotiations with an online medical record keeping company to provide easier access for all key medical professionals.
Step 3: Parent and Coach Awareness Program.
Coaches will be trained to properly administer CPR and other life saving devices. Each Parent of an Athlete will receive Sports for Life Athlete Program Info. The Parent will be required to attend a Workshop that will provide awareness, statistics, preventative measures as well as the REASSURANCE of knowing You have taken matters into your own hands. Your child deserves to be protected.
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