Gov. Wolf Signs Cardiac Prevention Act to help Protect Student-Athletes (July 29, 2020)

Governor Tom Wolf has signed Act 73 of 2020, which places the provisions of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act (Act 59 of 2012) into the PA School Code as a new section concerning sudden cardiac arrest and electrocardiogram (EKG) testing. The new law requires that information regarding EKG testing be added to the websites, educational publications, and training sessions required for coaches, prospective student-athletes, and parents/guardians. The new law also provides families the option to request an EKG from their family’s medical provider in addition to the standard athletic participation physical examination. The cost of the EKG testing would be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.