Pictured above: Gary and Jocelyn Leonard during a tribute to their son, Wes, in Holland, Mich. Wes, 16, died on a basketball court moments after making a winning shot.
Should high school athletes be screened for heart trouble before taking to the practice field?
Once thought to be exceedingly rare, sudden cardiac death is far more prevalent among young athletes than previously believed, recent research has shown. In a policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics estimated that 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States every year.
Read more by clicking below.the original article from New York Times, written by Anahad O'Connnor