All athletes must be cleared through the health office prior to participation in a Winter Sport. To be cleared the following is needed:
- A current (within a year of the first day of practice) physical examination, with approval to play interscholastic sports, must be on file in the health office.
- A pre-participation form must have been completed, signed by the athlete and parent and be on file in the health office. This is basically a health history and it must be completed for each new sport season. This must be completed within 30 days of the start of practice.
- All physical examinations and paperwork are reviewed by our school physician prior to approval being given for an athlete to participate. Therefore, it is important that health information is not turned in to the health office on the day that practice is starting. Please understand that there may be a waiting period for approval if paperwork is not turned in by the due date as our school physician is not at the school on a full time basis.
Basically, the school/ health services needs to know that our athletes are healthy and physically fit to participate in interscholastic sports. Please understand that there are more requirements to play an interscholastic sport than there are to participate in the school’s physical education program – due to the intensity of the interscholastic sports programs.
If an athlete suffers an injury during a sport season, it is important that the high school health office be notified immediately. Furthermore, according to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, any athlete whose safe participation is in question as a result of the health history interview, or injury, or prolonged absence must be requalified by the school physician prior to participation. This would normally require a clearance by an athlete’s own physician, as well. This requirement is intended to insure that the athlete is healthy and physically ready to resume the rigors of interscholastic sports participation.