February is Healthy Heart Month, and thus, it seems like the right time for US Lacrosse to remind all lacrosse teams, programs and organizations that having an AED on the sidelines this season is one of the best steps to take to help safeguard healthy hearts.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable and easy-to-use devices that deliver potentially life-saving defibrillation therapy quickly and effectively. 

The latest reminder about the importance of an on-site AED occurred last week in Buffalo, where a University at Buffalo club lacrosse player was saved due to immediate application of CPR and an AED.  

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of an estimated 400,000 people each year. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system of the heart malfunctions, causing the heart to stop beating. 

One rare but potentially catastrophic phenomenon in athletes that results in sudden cardiac arrest is commotio cordis, which occurs when a blunt, but often mild, blow to the area of the chest directly over the heart occurs during a precise moment of heart's cycle, leading to sudden cardiac arrest.

The most effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest and, indeed, the only effective response to commotio cordis, is the timely delivery of a life-saving shock or defibrillation. Quite simply, AEDs can save lives.

Hoping to make AEDs more accessible, US Lacrosse has partnered with One Beat to provide these devices at discounted prices to the lacrosse community. Get more details here

“Our ultimate hope is to equip as many members of the lacrosse community as possible with these life-saving devices, and we appreciate One Beat’s commitment to help make that happen by offering valuable discounts to US Lacrosse members,”  said Dr. Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse.