Earlier this year, US Lacrosse launched a new initiative, called A Player’s Pulse, with the aim of providing further education and awareness within the lacrosse community about the importance of AEDs. The ultimate goal is to have an automated external defibrillator on every lacrosse field in America.

WJZ TV, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore, recently aired a story on the importance of automated external defibrillators at lacrosse and other sporting events, and highlighted the efforts of ‘A Player’s Pulse’ to increase access to AED availability at lacrosse games. 

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

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. AEDs are portable and easy-to-use devices that deliver potentially life-saving defibrillation therapy quickly and effectively. 

Without intervention, the mortality rate is 100 percent.

Inspired after watching an ESPN piece that shared the tragic story of Louis Acompora, a teenager on Long Island that died after being hit in the chest by a lacrosse ball, Felice Goldbloom, a paramedic and mother of a lacrosse player, has been working with US Lacrosse to help lead the effort.
“I said to my son, ‘we need to do something’,” said Goldbloom. “I can do that here so that nobody else has to suffer. The goal is to put an AED on every field.”
To help support the effort and learn more, please visit A Player’s Pulse.  

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