Lindsay’s Law: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Athletes
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.
What is Lindsay's Law?
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. Lindsay’s Law, Ohio Revised Code 3313.5310, 3707.58 and 3707.59 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.
Lindsay's Law applies to both school sponsored athletics and youth sports organizations.
- Parents are required to complete the following actions annually for each athletic activity each child participates in: watch the SCA Video, read the parent SCA Informational Handout and sign the separate signature form.
- Coaches are required to annually watch the SCA video and read the coaches SCA Informational Handout.
- The team is responsible for documenting that all coaches, parents and youth athletes have complied with the requirements of Lindsay’s Law.
What is required of 'Tangy Tornadoes families?
'Tangy Tornadoes parents, guardians and youth athletes must watch the SCA Video and read the SCA Informational Handout available below. After completing these activities, the parent/guardian must attest that these activities occurred by declaring their youth athlete as a "Yes" in the "Lindsay's Law" event on the Event's page. (This event is configured to operate the same way as declaring your athlete for a swim or dive meet.) Failure to complete this declaration by Friday June 4th will prohibit your child from participating in team practices, competitions, and intra-squad meets beginning Saturday June 5th until the video and informational handout are reviewed and the declaration completed.
Throughout the season, should your child faint or pass out before, during or after an athletic activity, you will be required to have your child cleared in writing by a physician or authorized healthcare provider before they can return to practice or competition. If your child has a biological parent or sibling who has had a SCA, you will be required to have your child cleared in writing by a physician or authorized healthcare provider before they can return to practice or competition.
SCA Informational Handout
Frequently Asked Questions
Ohio Dept. of Health Webpage