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Youth Sports Heroes of the Month: Alex Norwood (Conyers, Ga.) and Schuyler LaRue (Maryville, Tenn.)


Sixteen-year-old Atlanta-area first baseman Alex Norwood hit a dramatic grand slam in a winning cause on March 21, but his truly game-changing hit was none that never appeared on the scoreboard.

In a junior varsity game at Newtown High, the Rockdale County High junior came through in the clutch in a way that mattered even more when, between the second and third innings, home plate umpire Woody Reagin suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed. Alex Norwood and coach Jerrid Harris

This month's Youth Sports Heroes honors two high school students - one a wrestler, one a baseball player - who were in the right place at the right time to save the lives of an umpire and fan who, but for their training and quick thinking, might have died.

CPR Training for Parents: Why It's Important and What You Should Know

Nearly 350,000 people suffer cardiac arrest annually.   Because cardiac arrest leads to the death of one youth athlete every three days in the United States, sports parents should know how to perform CPR and use an AED, which can significantly increase a victim's chances of survival.

What Is A "Good Samaritan Law?"

What Is A "Good Samaritan Law?"

Chain of Survival for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The Chain of Survival is a five-step process for providing treatment to victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) developed by the American Heart Association (AHA) in 1990 after several decades of research into SCA. It was designed in recognition of the fact that most episodes of SCA occur outside of a hospital, with death occurring within minutes of onset without treatment. Quick execution of each and every link is critical because the chances of survival decrease 7 to 10% with each passing minute.

Calling 911: What To Say To The EMS Dispatcher

When you call 911 it is essential that you stay calm and provide the dispatcher the information she needs to send EMS to the scene as quickly as possible.

Updated American Heart Association CPR Guidelines

In 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA), in order to improve a victim's chances of recovery and to simplify teaching of CPR skills, updated its CPR guidelines.

CPR and AED Training

Even though AEDs are designed to be easy-to-use and relatively foolproof, individuals who intend to use one should receive training in order to understand the role of defibrillation in the broader context of the cardiac chain of survival. A rescuer trained in CPR and the use of AEDs will be better able to implement all five steps in the cardiac chain of survival, significantly increasing the victim's chance of survival.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest A Disruption of Heart's Normal Rhythm

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is an electrical malfunction of the heart which causes the heart to beat in an abnormal, chaotic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). The heart then loses its ability to effectively pump blood.

Difference Between Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Attack

Sudden Cardiac Arrest and a heart attack have different symptoms, causes, and treatment.

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