Please note that this schedule is subject to change
Physical Exam requirement for participation in athletics
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Directors voted on Thursday June 7, 2012 to adhere to the Department of Public Health’s policy regarding the physical exam required for participation in athletics. In order to be in compliance with the state regulation physical exams will be required every thirteen months to the day of the exam. For example if a student-athlete has a physical exam dated September 14, 2011 that exam will expire on October 14, 2012. Meaning as of October 15, 2012 the student-athlete becomes ineligible to practice or compete until they present proof of a current physical exam to the school nurse or athletic department and obtain an updated clearance card for participation in athletics. This is a change from the current requirement which enabled a student-athlete to remain eligible for the entire season if their physical was current on the first day of practice.
Please make certain that your child has a current physical exam that will last the duration of the season, or schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible to have an updated physical exam. There will be no exceptions to this rule, nor will there be extensions granted based upon a doctor’s note. I realize this may cause some difficulties with the scheduling of doctor’s appointments and insurance coverage so I am providing advance notification, so that everyone can be in compliance with the Department of Public Health and MIAA regulations and not impact your child’s eligibility for participation.
The Massachusetts department of Public Health has enacted a law concerning concussions which applies to all Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association member schools. The law reads, “ANY ATHLETE WHO EXHIBITS SIGNS, SYMPTOMS OR BEHAVIORS CONSISTENT WITH A CONCUSSION (SUCH AS LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS, HEADACHE, CONFUSION, OR BALANCE PROBLEMS) SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM THE CONTEST AND SHALL NOT RETURN TO PLAY UNTIL CLEARED BY AN APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.”
All student-athletes competing in interscholastic programs, along with their coaches and parents, must follow this protocol. Marching band members, their parents, and parent volunteers participating in Athletic events and/or band events must also follow this protocol during an athletic event, including both games and practices.
Any student-athlete who exhibits ANY sign, symptom or behavior consistent with a concussion shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional. Signs and symptoms of concussion include the following:
· Nausea or vomiting
· Headache/pressure in the head
· Loss of consciousness
· Memory problems
· Confusion/Difficulty concentrating
Information and forms are available in the concussion folder on the right.
Tahanto Decals are available for a cost of $5.
The decals are static cling and are
being sold by the Booster Club.