Rock Hill lawmaker pushing for in-depth physicals for high school athletes

Posted December 26, 2012 6:34 pm | Filed under Local News

Concerned with the health and safety for students taking part in high school sports, Rock Hill representative John King as pre-filed a bill in the S.C. House of Representatives requiring students undergo a more through physical exam.

King says the exam would include an electrocardiogram and test students for sickle cell anemia.

As a funeral director and owner of a funeral home, King says he has seen first-hand the devastation of life-threatening conditions that go undetected in children.

This past fall, a Hartsville High School football player died from an enlarged heart mid-game.

In 2010, 18-year-old Brian Covin died after he collapsed on he field during a preseason game at Lewisville High School in Chester County.

King says he has filed a similar bill in the House before, but says he’s optimistic about the bill’s chances this coming legislative session.

Story from the South Carolina Radio Network.