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CIF's 12th man scores zero lost lives

The CIF football fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
The CIF football fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Adam Benjamin

Mixing it up right in the CIF football league takes strong health the team staffs keep watch over. One lost life can stop a teen's work on "values, character, and citizenship" before they earn a name on, and off, the field.

Guaranteeing no athlete on a football team suffers a deadly Sudden Cardiac Arrest stays open work now that the Superbowl has past, and teens move on to other sports, or, offseason training. The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation keeps the CIF at work on preventing the "abnormality in the heart's electrical system." The foundation reports, the stopped heart is fatal 92 percent of the time.

Safe sports in the high school league the Holtville Vikings and the Sweetwater Red Devils took head on takes volunteers who are willing to stand between the young players and the pain and suffering that can put an end to spirited football stands. An even shot at a strong game, for the athletes 60 percent more likely to suffer SCA during sports than the average teen that has a 20 out of 1,000 chance at being one of the teens struck by SCA, first takes dependable prevention habits.

The league the sponsors, Adidas, Mission Federal Credit Union and Philo's BBQ, put their name behind, keeps medical help on board. One EKG can detect the heart abnormality. One, however, does not make the safety grade. Sixty percent of single EKG screenings detect the SCA condition. Regular screenings prove a teen decided to give their life health the full attention that shows good health values.

In the U.S., 7,000 teens die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest each year.

Joining a football team in San Diego does not have to change a student's fate. When a football player does not stand up to the test of the game on the field, and has a sudden heart arrest, the CIF plans to stand ready. The 12th man onthe field has to do his part. Only minutes pass before an SCA sufferer dies. Emergency medical technicians take 6 to 12 minutes to show up. Using an automated external defibrillator, Save A Life says, can end the heart arrest experience in the first 2 to 4 minutes. The foundation asks San DIegans do their part. "We need more AEDs and traing so anyone can act quickly."

Football played in the 70s to 80s degree heat can be tough to handle. Men, not always ready to stand up to the test, experience SCA 4 times more than women. Recruiting help in the CIF high school league can change a teen's fate for the better.

The line continues next week. . . . .

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