Twenty-Something Teacher Collapses and Dies

It is not only about protecting the hearts of students.  We also need to protect the hearts of young teachers.  Sudden cardiac arrest isn’t just a grown-up thing. A math teacher at East Central High School died Monday morning after collapsing before classes started, officials said. Melinda Villegas, 23, a...

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HS Soccer Player, Collapses, Dies

Students and staff of a Winnipeg private school are mourning a Grade 11 student athlete who collapsed during a soccer practice Wednesday night.  Grief counsellors met students at St. John’s-Ravenscourt when they arrived on Thursday morning, hours after learning of the death of Evan Dupuis.  “We made sure they were...

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Student Complains of Chest Pains, Dies

I just got finished posting an article about a study suggesting that children complaining of chest pains is not a cause for alarm.   ALLENDALE — A 21-year-old Grand Valley State University student died Tuesday after complaining of chest pains while playing basketball with friends, according to the university.  The...

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Nine Year Old Dizzy, Drops Dead in School

By Margo Rutledge Kissell, Staff Writer Updated 1:48 AM Friday, September 23, 2011 DAYTON — Two months before 9-year-old Unique Figgers collapsed at Westwood PreK-8 School and died Tuesday, Dayton Public Schools laid off 10 school nurses — one-third of its nursing staff. Among them was the full-time nurse at...

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Student Drowns

Far too often, the death of a student is defined by the setting, not the cause.  What caused this student to drown?  I hope that they investigate sudden cardiac arrest. SAINT JOHN – A 17-year-old student died Tuesday, two days after he nearly drowned in the pool at the Canada...

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The Real “March Madness”: Six Students Drop Dead

It started last night with Selection Sunday.  It builds this week with brackets and office pools.  It explodes this weekend with the first round of the NCAA Tournament as we march to the Final Four.  It’s a great time of year . . . as long as you are focused on college...

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Coach Perspective on ECG Screening of Athletes

This is an excerpt.  The full article can be seen here. Officials are still trying to determine the cause of death of a 17-year-old athlete from Oregon who collapsed just minutes after winning a wrestling match, KGW-TV reported. Charley Engelfried was walking off the mat Thursday night when he suddenly...

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Swimmer Dies, My High School

I graduated from Sycamore High School in 1988.  At that time, life was simple.  Since that time, I lost a son, Sycamore has lost a student swimmer and tens of thousands of other kids have died from sudden cardiac arrest.  My heart goes out to Jose’s family. CINCINNATI, Ohio, October 27. THE Cincinnati Marlins and...

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The List of Athletes

Brian Piccolo with the Bears. (CHICAGO TRIBUNE) Gaines Adams (1983-2010) Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams dies of cardiac arrest   January 18, 2010   A range of heart abnormalities has played out dramatically among athletes in all sports at all levels. Just last week, before Gaines Adams’ death Sunday, a 21-year-old...

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