8 Shocking facts about SCA and Young Athletes

8 Shocking facts about SCA and Young Athletes

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to ANYONE at ANYTIME. Approximately 350,000 people a year die from this. That’s almost 1,000 per day! The sad part is that it’s 100% treatable with the help of an AED and quality CPR. Even children and teens are affected by Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the following statistics may be pretty shocking…

  • 1 student athlete dies every 3 days from SCA 1
  • SCA is the number one cause of death of student athletes 2
  • 9,500 youth are affected annually by SCA 2
  • SCA is the second highest medical cause of death amount youth under age 25 2
  • Young athletes are more than twice as likely to experience SCA than non-athletes 1
  • 67% of young athletes who die suddenly are basketball and football players 1
  • 90% of young athletes who fall victim of SCA are male 1
  • The average age when SCA occurs in young athletes is 17.5 years 1

Let’s work together to prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest! Keep your athletes safe by making sure their school and coaches are equipped with AEDs, in case of an emergency. You may also want to ask your doctor if a heart screening is necessary. If you still have questions about SCA and how it might affect your young athlete, you can always leave us a comment, give us a call at 800-580-1375, or email us at customerservice@aedbrands.com


1 http://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html

2 https://parentheartwatch.org/resources/what-is-sca/


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