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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Policy

In compliance with Tennessee legislation, Public Chapter 325, which was passed by the State of Tennessee Legislature on April 14, 2015, signed into law on April 28, 2015, and became effective on January 1, 2016, Middle Tennessee Futbol Club (MTFC) has adopted guidelines as developed by the Tennessee Department of Health to educate coaches, players, and their parents or guardians of the nature, risk and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.

Every individual involved in youth athletics must become more proactive in identifying and treating athletes who show symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest. In order to address this critical issue, it is therefore MTFC's policy that:

Any player who exhibits signs, symptoms or conditions consistent with a sudden cardiac arrest such as fainting or seizures during exercise, unexplained shortness of breath, chest pains, dizziness, racing heart rate, or extreme fatigue, shall be immediately removed from play and shall not return to practice or game play until cleared by an appropriate health care provider.

Education is the key to identifying and treating youth athletes who show signs of sudden cardiac arrest during athletic participation. It is very important that every administrator, coach, parent, official, and athlete know the symptoms and steps to take when dealing with players that display signs of a possible sudden cardiac arrest.  Sudden cardiac arrest is a serious health issue and should be treated as such.

As part of the law, all league administrators, officials, coaches, and assistant coaches must participate in a sudden cardiac arrest education program prior to the start of each season. In addition, parents of every player must review sudden cardiac arrest education materials each season and then accept the acknowledgement waiver when registering for the upcoming season.  See below:

Parents - Click here for the sudden cardiac arrest education and acknowledgement information

Coaches - Click here for the sudden cardiac arrest education and acknowledgement information