Reports of sports related illness and unexpected deaths in recent years have pushed many to reassess the best approach to offering student athletes preparticipation physical examinations (PPPEs). The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine all recognize the important role of PPPEs; however, there has been much debate regarding the effectiveness of current screening methods for athlete safety and participation clearance.
As communicated previously, Miami Valley Hospitaland Premier Health Sports Medicine have determined that current requirements for sports physicals can no longer be met in the traditional station-based format. As such, we will no longer be offering station-based sports physicals at our school. It is our sincere belief that our student athletes’ health interests are better served in a private, one-on-one, physical examination with their own caregiver such as a pediatrician or primary care physician.
As a reminder, it is strongly encouraged that you contact your primary care physician or pediatrician now to make plans for the 2014-2015 school/athletic year. Most physician offices schedule these exams well in advance. For those who do not currently have a primary care physician please stop by the Athletic Department for guidance.
Please keep in mind that based on Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) requirements, this examination cannot be waived. Student athletes will not be permitted to participate in any practices or competitions until this form is completed. The form that is recommended by the Ohio High School Athletic Association is six pages in length and requires a detailed family history as well as complete physical evaluation. As you can see, the history component is lengthy and, therefore, it is important that you attend this visit with your child. If you continue to see the same caregiver each year, the visit should be shorter in length as time goes on.
While this change may seem inconvenient, it is absolutely necessary to ensure the health and wellbeing of all of our student athletes. Previous methods, which were established some 20 years ago, simply cannot meet the needs that our student athletes have now.
Please feel free to contact me/us with any additional questions.