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

Starting next school year, the Osceola County School District says athletes for all sports will need an echocardiogram, which allows doctors to see your heart and look for problems.

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.