OUR YOUNG ATHLETES ARE AT RISK WITH FOOTBALL SEASON STARTING
Monday, August 4, 2014 at 08:20PM
Maruchi Mendez

I have this blog which my publisher has encouraged me to open and use in order to promote my books. I passionately love to write, but I'm not much for trivialities and light fare.  I also like to measure my words. But tonight I want to change my tune.  Another High School athlete collapsed today during practice in Missouri. High School football season is starting and so is the intensive training of our young athletes. Luckily, he is still alive, thanks to the coaches administering CPR (apparently there were no AED's nearby), but in critical condition.  I'm black and blue from calling out all those that are responsible for the implementation of the cardiac testing for our young athletes.  It sickens me that it's all about MONEY.

I ASK: HOW MUCH IS A LIFE WORTH??

I've met with schools, school districts,  politicians, American Heart Association, High School Athletic Associations, parents, physicians, students, community associations and it all boils down to MONEY.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?  How many lives does it take to realize that this can be prevented with proper testing? Negotiated rates now make this test affordable for all.  AN EKG CAN COST AS LITTLE AS $15.  What is wrong with the parents?? Does it need to strike home for all these entities to realize that we have a national crisis in our hands?? SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH (SCD) IS THE #1 KILLER OF STUDENT ATHLETES. MORE THAN CAR ACCIDENTS, SUICIDE, OVERDOSE, ETC....

DO YOU KNOW THAT EVERY INMATE IN FLORIDA GETS AN EKG EVERY YEAR AND THAT WE, THE TAX PAYERS PAY FOR IT???  OUR STUDENT ATHLETES DON'T GET ONE.

When my son Toti died from Sudden Cardiac Death due to undetected cardiomyopathy, I set out to fix the problem and make sure that no other parent should have to endure what I did. I tried to pass a bill for mandatory cardiac testing for our student athletes.  But I was an Eagle without wings in a world where there are vested interests and life=$$ and death is a side effect of a master plan that has to do with $$.  The bill failed.  This year, I tried again to pass the same Bill for the testing of our student athletes. They were: Senate Bill #284 and House Bill #533 - it passed in several House committees, but the Senate's Education Committee didn't even want to hear it!! The system is backwards.  You don't suggest to parents that they should test their children before engaging in competitive sports.  You PASS a law and make it MANDATORY and THEN the parents will have to test their sons/daughters (just as they have to make sure they are vaccinated) and you will see how the money appears, the parents will spend less in sports gear and the schools and athletic associations will make sure that there are funds for those that have no means to perform the $15 DOLLAR MEDICAL EXAM. Now with the new Healthcare Reform a/k/a the OBAMACARE everyone has insurance so that should not be a problem.  Right? So what is it going to be?  Our students health and lives? Or all the reasons why there is no need.  We keep risking it and our children are paying. I'm trying again next year, and I will keep trying until it passes. I want to thank you for reading this angry barrage which is unlikely of me. All the dead young athletes want to thank you also. 

 

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