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As football practices begin across Central Ohio, athletic trainers and coaches are carefully watching players for any signs of illness.

Experts say Sudden Cardiac Arrest, or SCA, will claim 2,000 young lives in 2013.

“This tragic occurrences may be avoided if the participant knows of a cardiac testing process,” said Sherri Fletcher, executive director of the mCore Foundation. The group provides cardiac testing through EKG and is working with athletes at Briggs High School Wednesday.

The screenings are free and about 34 student athletes are expected to be assessed.

Few schools provide cardiac screenings and they are rarely part of the annual physical required to play sports in public schools by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

So how can a parent get their child screened? NBC4 is getting answers tonight on NBC4 at 5 p.m.


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