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12/15/20 – Visual, Technical Revisions Offer Improved User Experience to NFHS Learning Center’s ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrest’ Course

December 21, 2020 Athletic Department Blog Updates


INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Revisions recently introduced to “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” aligns one of the NFHS Learning Center’s most significant courses with recent updates to its other offerings.

Currently available to take free of charge, the revised “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” course has been reviewed by both NFHS course partner, Simon’s Heart, and by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC). As part of the revisions, the course received both branding and technology updates that had already been implemented to other NFHS Learning Center coursework.

“We are pleased to continue our successful partnership with Simon’s Heart to bring revised Sudden Cardiac Arrest content to the interscholastic community,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “The course revisions centered around upgrading the look and feel of the course, as well as technology upgrades to improve the user experience.”

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the number one cause of death in the United States for student-athletes during exercise. It is caused by a structural or electrical problem associated with the heart and occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops beating and pumping blood.

The “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” course explores the warning signs and symptoms of this medical emergency. The course also provides guidelines for how to save an individual’s life in the critical moments after he/she suddenly collapses. Lifesaving actions such as calling 9-1-1, starting chest compressions and sending for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are all valuable.

“Simon’s Heart is proud to partner with the NFHS because, even during a pandemic, they continue to raise the bar to educate and create sudden cardiac arrest awareness amongst our youth,” said Jenn Parrado, Simon’s Heart executive director.

Since its 2015 launch, more than 1.3 million “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” courses have been delivered. It makes up a notable percentage of the more than 12.3 million total courses delivered on the NFHS Learning Center since 2007.

For more information and to access the “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” course from the Learning Center, please visit: To view the Learning Center’s entire course catalog, please visit:

For more information about Simon’s Heart and its mission to Protect Hearts and Save Lives, please visit

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at


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