July 27, 2017
Attention: All Ohio based SAY Soccer Areas and Districts
Effective Immediately all Ohio based SAY Soccer affiliated programs will be required to comply with the following NEW Ohio law. It is important to note that this is not a SAY Policy. It is an Ohio Law, thus it does not apply to SAY programs operating outside of the state of Ohio.
Lindsay's Law: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Athletes
Lindsay's Law, Ohio Revised Code
went into effect in 2017.
In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the
nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal if not treated immediately, most often by a defibrillator.
Who is Lindsay?
Senate Bill 252 is named for national heart health advocate and former Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis who suffers from a heart condition and has since dedicated her career to raising awareness of this potentially fatal condition.
"Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes," said Davis. "At any moment I could have died because coaches and teachers had no idea this was even a possibility for someone who looked as healthy as I did at that age."
What your SAYArea should do next:
1. Parents/guardians and youth athletes:
- Inform the parents and youth athletes to review the following resources:
- Inform the coaches to view the following resources:
- In accordance with this Ohio Law, Ohio based SAYAreas must establish criteria/penalties for a coach who fails to adhere to the provisions of the following sections of the new law.
Referenced from: Ohio Revised Code 3707.58. Information regarding sudden cardiac arrest.
(1) A youth athlete shall not be allowed to participate in an athletic activity organized by a youth sports organization if either of the following is the case:
The youth athlete's biological parent, biological sibling, or biological child has previously experienced sudden cardiac arrest, and the youth athlete has not been evaluated and cleared for participation in an athletic activity organized by a youth sports organization by a physician authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery.
The youth athlete is known to have exhibited syncope or fainting at any time prior to or following an athletic activity and has not been evaluated and cleared for return under division (E)
(3) of this section after exhibiting syncope or fainting.
(2) A youth athlete shall be removed by the youth athlete's coach from participation in an athletic activity organized by a youth sports organization if the youth athlete exhibits syncope or fainting.
(3) If a youth athlete is not allowed to participate in or is removed from participation in an athletic activity organized by a youth sports organization under division (E)(1) or (2) of this section, the youth athlete shall not be allowed to return to participation until the youth athlete is evaluated and cleared for return in writing by any of the following:
A physician authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery, including a physician who specializes in cardiology;
A certified nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or certified nurse-midwife who holds a certificate of authority issued under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code.
The licensed health care providers specified in divisions (E)(3)(a) and (b) of this section may consult with any other licensed or certified health care providers in order to determine whether a youth athlete is ready to return to participation.
A youth sports organization that is subject to this section shall establish penalties for a coach who violates the provisions of division (E) of this section.
ODH Contact Information
Ohio Department of Health
School Nursing Program
246 North High Street, 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215