COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former high school football coach who’s now an Ohio state senator is calling for more coaches to receive training on recognizing possible heart conditions.
Cliff Hite once coached Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at Findlay High School.
The Republican senator says he plans to introduce a bill requiring that school coaches receive training on cardiac conditions at least once every three years. The bill would also mandate schools provide information on potential symptoms and warning signs.
Coaches would be forced to remove students whenever they suspect a problem and that student would then need to be cleared by a cardiologist.
About one out of every 100 student athletes are believed to have an undetected cardiac condition.
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