Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse, was among the interviewees in a ESPN Outside the Lines segment that originally aired Wednesday afternoon about the phenomenon of commotio cordis in athletes. The segment will re-air on Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. (Eastern) on ESPN News.

The full story by reporters Tisha Thompson and Arty Berko can be accessed online, and details some of the tremendous work done by the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation in raising both awareness of commotio cordis, and in helping to make automated external defibrillators available (AEDs) at public facilities.

US Lacrosse has been committed to expanding and elevating safety initiatives in lacrosse since its inception in 1998, and has funded nearly $1 million in health-related research to improve the well-being of lacrosse participants at all levels of play. Primary in that endeavor has been the organization’s commitment to the study, understanding and prevention of commotio cordis, a type of sudden cardiac arrest caused by a blunt, but often relatively mild, blow to the area of the chest directly over the heart occurring during a precise moment of 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.

As part of its commitment to educating the lacrosse community about commotio cordis and the value of AEDs, earlier this year US Lacrosse entered a new partnership with One Beat CPR + AED to further enhance safety efforts in lacrosse.

“I have to say, US Lacrosse is amazing,” Karen Acompora, the mother of Louis Acompora, says in the ESPN piece. “There's such a brotherhood involved in lacrosse. They took it very seriously.”

One Beat is the designated “preferred provider” of automated external defibrillators (AED) for US Lacrosse, and offers a discounted rate for AED purchases by US Lacrosse members, teams, leagues and organizations.

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

US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science

The Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse serves as a national hub for the study and improvement of safety and performance in lacrosse.

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