Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a more recent topic in the world of youth sports. Much like their concussion policy, the Tennessee State Soccer Association has established policy for its members to inform and educate Players, Parents, and Coaches in regards to SCA. In compliance with this policy, GSC requires all Players and/or Parents, Coaches, and Board Members read about the signs and symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and provide acknowledgement of this. We provide the links below to TSSA Policy 32 (and associated forms) for the benefit of our Parents, Players, and Volunteers.
TSSA Policy 32: Sudden Cardiac Arrest
SCA Acknowledgement Form – Athlete/Parent/Guardian
SCA Acknowledgement Form – Coach/Manager/Board Member
SCA Acknowledgement Form (Spanish) – Athlete/Parent/Guardian
SCA Acknowledgement Form (Spanish) – Coach/Manager/Board Member
Per policy, any player that has been removed from a game/practice for displaying symptoms consistent with Sudden Cardiac Arrest shall not return to that practice or competition. Further, before returning to play, the player must be evaluated by a health care provider who must provide written clearance. This involves providing a completed Return To Play form (link provided below) and following proper Return To Play protocols.
Return To Play Form (Cardiac)
Links for Sudden Cardiac Arrest trainings are provided below. Note, for the NFHS site you will need to create an account, but the actual SCA class is free.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training:
NFHS – Sudden Cardiac Arrest
For further reading on the subject, read about the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act from the TN Dept of Health.