• Starting next year, district will require student-athletes to have their hearts examined

    By: Jason Kelly , Michael Lopardi

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    KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Osceola County School District said that beginning next school year, student-athletes must have their hearts examined in order to participate in sports.

    The district said its 2,500 students-athletes will have to undergo an electrocardiogram, which allows doctors to examine the heart for problems.

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    School officials said students will only need to take the $20 test once, and that the district will pay for the test if a student cannot afford it.

    Students are already required to have a physical before participating in school sports.

    The district said it will not save students' medical records, but it will record whether a medical professional has cleared a student to play.

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