Parents of Life School Athletes,
This legislative session, the Texas Legislature passed a bill (HB 76) which encourages all schools within the UIL to make parents and students aware of the option to obtain an electrocardiogram (ECG) as part of their pre-participation evaluation (PPE) prior to involvement in high school sports.
This bill is meant to bring awareness of conditions that cause sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and is not mandatory. Conditions that cause SCA can be inherited such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, and Marfan Syndrome. They can also be non inherited conditions such as Coronary Artery Abnormalities, Aortic valve abnormalities, and Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. We encourage you to visit the UIL cardiac awareness page that goes further into detail about these conditions.
Currently, all Life School athletes are being screened yearly for the possibility of a cardiac condition using the UIL medical history section of the PPE. If you feel that there is a need to obtain an ECG we advise that this decision should be made with your personal physician. This testing is not mandatory and will be at the parent’s expense. Life School is currently working with our community to find partners who are offering these screenings. Below you is a list of providers and their contact info.
Sideline Orthopedics and Sports
4401 Park Springs Blvd., Suite 130
Arlington, Texas 76017
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: call for more information
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your campus Athletic Trainer.
Amanda Andrews, MS, ATC, LAT
Thomas Rhodes, ATC, LAT
Alexis Lopez, ATC, LAT