Athletics News · GHSA requires schools to comply with Sudden Cardiac Awareness Prevention Act


In accordance with Georgia law, the Georgia High School Association is requiring all schools to comply with the Sudden Cardiac Awareness Prevention Act.

In order to be in full compliance, all GHSA member schools including Brunswick High and Glynn Academy must distribute to every athlete and his/her parent/guardian an information sheet that includes the following: the Early Warning Signs, How to Recognize Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Learn Hands-Only CPR outlined in this by-law. This sheet must be signed by the parent/guardian of each athlete, each athlete and a copy kept on file at the school.

The Parent/Student Awareness form can be downloaded and printed by clicking here.

You can also click here to view a course released by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one cause of death in the United States for student athletes during exercise. Caused by a structural or electrical problem associated with the heart, Sudden Cardiac Arrest happens when the heart unexpectedly stops beating and pumping blood.

With content developed by Simon’s Heart, the course will help you learn and recognize the warning signs and symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Also included are tips for what to do in the critical moments after an individual suddenly collapses in order to save their life.

Some important information is also listed below.