‘What has changed?’ New ECG screening requirement initiated for student athletes in Orange County, Fla.

As concerns grow over long-term side effects from COVID and vaccination protocols, new school sports requirements are unsettling parents.

The Orange County Public School (OCPS) system based out of Orlando, FL recently announced an update to their standards for the 2021-2022 school year which includes an unprecedented new screening. All high school students who desire to participate in one of the available athletic programs are now required to have an electrocardiogram (ECG) screening.

According to the OCPS website, the ECG screenings are necessary to “help identify athletes who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest which is the leading cause of death in athletics.”

While OCPS explained that they will host events on high school campuses to make ECGs available to students through various medical providers and organizations, access was not the most pressing concern for those learning of the new requirement.

If sudden cardiac arrest is the “leading cause of death in athletics” why only now is the ninth-largest school district in the country implementing this standard? The grassroots organization Moms on the Ground asked a similar question, “What has changed for them to start requiring them now?

“Could it be the myocarditis from the 💉 that they are trying to mandate on our children?” the organization proposed Saturday after learning about the new requirement. According to a posting at a pediatrician’s office located in Covington, VA, that is precisely the reason.

The alleged posting reported from Jackson River Pediatrics states that “COVID vaccination affects your risk,” for sudden cardiac death.

“If you have received doses of any COVID shot, we will not be able to clear you to compete in sports without performing lab work and possibly an echocardiogram to rule out potential heart damage,” the notice explained.

These developments follow numerous reports of otherwise healthy athletes suddenly dropping dead or taking ill while engaged in sports or normal activities. In a single week in December, at least four soccer players from four different countries died from heart attacks. One of those players, Marin Cacic of Croatia, was only 23-years-old.

In September, Tennessee State University golfer John Stokes was hospitalized within four days of his second COVID shot. After receiving a myocarditis diagnosis the Division 1 athlete reported that he “probably won’t be able to play [his] senior season now.”

Stokes had emphasized that the risks of possible side effects were not properly communicated and that “no one should be forced to take something…and no one know the long-term effects of what’s possibly gonna happen from this.”

Though Stokes was correct in asserting that the side effects were not properly communicated to him, it isn’t entirely accurate to state that potential long-term effects were unknown.

After failing to prevent the release of documents until later this century, Pfizer has recently begun a court-ordered document publication.

Within those pages, it has been revealed that the pharmaceutical company was well aware of a myriad of adverse reactions to the vaccine, and many of those caused heart problems. The only true long-term side effect that is unknown is what the lasting impact these health complications pose will have on society.


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