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.