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Sport Safety International’s, Robb Rehberg Participates in the Aspen Institute Roundtable on the Future of Youth Football | Sport Safety International

Sport Safety International’s, Robb Rehberg Participates in the Aspen Institute Roundtable on the Future of Youth Football | Sport Safety International | Sport Safety Magazine |

Dr. Robb Rehberg, co-founder and Executive Director of Sport Safety International, recently participated in the Aspen Institute roundtable on the future of youth and high school football in the United States on Friday, November 9, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
Rehberg joined a prestigious panel of leaders and experts from the media, education, academia, and representatives from the military, NFL, Brain Injury Research Institute, National Athletic Trainers' Association, Children's National Medical Center, the NFL, American Youth Football and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, among others examined playing safety for the future of youth football.
The event, hosted by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, was be moderated by Tom Farrey, director of the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program and ESPN reporter.
Featured guests include DeMaurice Smith, executive director, National Football League Players Association, and Dr. Robert Cantu, the author of Concussions and Our Kids.
In addition to Rehberg, other participants included: Brooke de Lench, MomsTEAM Founder and Publisher, Jon Butler, executive director, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.; Christine Brennan, sports columnist, USA Today; Scott Hallenbeck, executive director, USA Football; Eddie Mason, former NFL linebacker and president, Mase Training, LLC; William Mayer, owner of UFL's Virginia Destroyers and chairman emeritus of the Aspen Institute; and Chris Nowinski, executive director, Sports Legacy Institute.
The roundtable focused on the playing safety of youth football a sport that is played by about three million young people in the United State, according to USA Football. The panel examined safety in the sport with relation to concussions, and overall injury patterns (as football produces more total injuries than all other boy’s high school sports combined, according to annual data). Additionally, the group examined football’s role in reducing childhood obesity.
The program delivered on the mission of the Sports & Society to convene leaders, foster dialogue, and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest, with a focus on the development of healthy children and communities.
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners.

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Matters of the Heart: What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest and How Do AEDs & Preparedness Save Lives? | Sport Safety International

Matters of the Heart: What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest and How Do AEDs & Preparedness Save Lives? | Sport Safety International | Sport Safety Magazine |

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. It occurs suddenly and without warning when the heart
abruptly stops. Blood ceases to flow to the brain and other vital organs, causing immediate loss of consciousness or seizure-like activity.


If not treated within the first few minutes, SCA results in death.
Approximately one case of sudden cardiac death occurs every three days in organized youth sports, resulting in an estimated 3,000 to 7,000 deaths of school-aged children who have shown no prior signs of cardiac illness or symptoms. Sudden cardiac arrest is NOT a heart attack. With a heart attack, the heart usually does not suddenly stop beating, although a heart attack can lead to SCA.


Who is At Risk?
SCA is not a random event. Although it may occur in active children, it is frequently the outcome of an unknown, underlying heart
condition. It can also occur as a result of other conditions such as heat stroke, asthma, drowning, electrocution, allergic reaction or


A sudden blow to the chest between heartbeats can trigger SCA as well and is most common in sports like hockey, lacrosse and baseball. In these instances, chest protectors do NOT protect from SCA. Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to deliver an electric shock to restore the heart to its normal rhythm is the ONLY effective treatment.

What Can You Do?
Early detection is crucial; however, unlike many heart problems that can easily be detected, the conditions that cause sudden cardiac arrest usually do not show up during a routine physical or an athletic screening – leaving most children undiagnosed until SCA occurs.


Although victims of SCA may never experience warning signs, there are symptoms to be aware of that may indicate a heart condition. If
any symptoms exist, let your physician know immediately:


• Unexplained fainting or seizures at any time, during / immediately after physical activity or resulting from emotional excitement, distress or surprise


• Chest pain or discomfort / racing heartbeat


• Unusual shortness of breath


• Unusual fatigue / tiredness


• Dizziness / lightheadedness during or after physical activity 


If your family has a history of heart problems or of unexpected sudden death during physical activity, you should ask your doctor to perform cardiac testing to detect any issues. A baseline test can help detect approximately 60% of the heart conditions that can lead to SCA.

If you’re diagnosed with a heart condition, there are many precautionary steps that can be taken, including lifestyle modifications, medication or surgical treatments.


Being Prepared When SCA Happens:
Time is the enemy – the combination of early recognition (through education and proper screening) and access to advanced medical help and immediate use of CPR and an AED can more than double chances of survival. With every minute that passes, chances of survival decrease by 7 to 10%. More than 70% of all sudden cardiac arrest victims are saved by AEDs.


Find out if your school is equipped with an AED that’s publicly available on-site, as well as if certified staff, such as coaches and athletic trainers, are present. You, too, can save a life by learning CPR and AED use through a certifying association, such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.

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