As the new school year and fall athletic season rapidly approaches, schools are reminded to provide documentation of a “sports physical” verifying that all athletes are medically cleared to safely participate in athletics. Your offices will soon be receiving requests for “sports physicals” or forms medically “clearing” students for participation in athletics. The RIIL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee recommends a sports specific pre-participation medical history and physical examination or “PPE” for every student athlete.
The PPE strives to assess the risk of illness or injury from sports participation. The RIIL recognizes and supports the physical and psychological benefits derived from the participation in athletics. The optimum benefit of sports participation, however, is achieved only when the safety and well-being of each athlete is accounted for.
The attached letter is intended to inform both parents and Physicians about the importance of the Pre-Participation Physical. In addition, the RIIL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee recommends that each physician use the attached Pre-Participation Physical Examination Form to verify that each athlete is medically cleared to participate in athletics.