On Friday, July 26, 2019, Pennsylvania Senator Mike Regan circulated a Co-Sponsorship Memorandum for Peyton’s Law. Peyton's Law quickly passed through the Senate Education Committee and was sent to the full Senate for consideration in late October.
Recognizing the importance of this lifesaving legislation, Peyton's Law (SB 836) was unanimously passed by the PA Senate. SB836 was then sent to the PA House of Representatives House Education Committee and unanimously passed through the Committee on April 29, 2020. It now moves to the full PA House for a future vote!
Peyton's Law would require information regarding electrocardiogram testing (EKG) be provided to student-athletes and their families, along with notice of the option to request an EKG as part of the standard pre-participation physical.
Read Senator Regan's Co-Sponsorship Memorandum Here
We will continue to push forward for more universal heart screenings for our kids and, with your help, we will make sure that #TheBeatGoesOn
Peyton’s Law: What You Need to Know About the Law We're Working To Get Introduced and Passed
You may have heard the recent news of the impending introduction of Peyton’s Law.
What would this law mean for kids and their participation in sports?
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In 2013, Peyton Walker, a graduate of Trinity High School in Camp Hill, died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the age of 19. Because Peyton’s goal was to work in healthcare, The Peyton Walker Foundation was established. The Foundation advocates for the use of electrocardiogram (EKG) testing to screen for underlying electrical issues in the heart that can lead to SCA. The Foundation conducts free EKG screening events at schools across Pennsylvania and has screened several thousand students.
A recently published study that appeared in the Journal of the American Heart Association states that the purpose of cardiovascular screening (electrocardiogram testing) is to “identify or raise suspicion of previously unrecognized and largely genetic or congenital cardiovascular diseases known to cause sudden cardiac arrest and sudden death in young people.” Most experts believe that early detection of potentially lethal disorders can decrease cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
FACTS—What Would the Law Actually Do?
Peyton’s Law would enhance the existing Act 59 - requiring that school districts provide information on sudden cardiac arrest to student athletes who receive a pre-participation physical examination (PPE) as part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) rules.
The enhanced language on the PPE forms would require: 1) information be provided to student athletes regarding electrocardiogram testing and 2) parents/students be notified of the option to request the administration of an electrocardiogram in addition to the standard physical examination.
Make sure you clearly understand the law we're seeking to pass.
EKGs WOULD NOT BE MANDATORY FOR STUDENT ATHLETES UNDER THIS LAW
There is NO mandate for student athletes to receive an EKG as a part of the PIAA pre-participation examination. The law would simply mandate that students (and their parents) must be informed of the option to obtain one.
SCHOOLS WOULD NOT HAVE TO PERFORM EKGs SHOULD A STUDENT ATHLETE REQUEST ONE
There are a variety of options for how this will be handled, and school districts may decide which route they would like to take.