Physical Information and Forms
To ensure the health, welfare and safety of all student athletes, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has adopted policies on the health, welfare and liability of student athletes.
It is critical to emphasize that no student shall participate in any sports activities (practice, walk through, film sessions, etc.) without adherence and compliance with the FHSAA policies. The policies require each and every student and their respective parent/guardian to complete forms related to Pre-participation Physical Evaluation, Consent and Release from Liability Certificate for Concussions, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heat-Related Illness and Consent and Release from Liability form.
Pre-participation Physical Evaluation
A student must have a physical evaluation each year and be certified as being physically fit to participate in interscholastic athletic programs. A physical evaluation shall be valid for a period not to exceed one calendar year from the date of practitioner’s signature. The student cannot be allowed to participate in any activity related to interscholastic athletic programs until the fully executed physical evaluation form is on file in the school.
The annual physical evaluation must be administered either by a licensed physician, a licensed osteopathic physician, a licensed chiropractic physician, a licensed physician assistant, or a certified advanced registered nurse practitioner. The student athlete shall be required to file with the principal or his/her designee a fully executed physical evaluation form signed by the practitioner and medical history questionnaire signed by the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s), (See Attachment 1).
Consent and Release from Liability Certificate
A student must have the consent of his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to participate in interscholastic athletic programs at a high school. The student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must also release the FHSAA, its member schools and contest officials from all liability for any injury or claim that may result from the student’s participation in interscholastic athletics. This consent and release from liability must be provided in writing on a form developed by the FHSAA for that purpose. The form must be signed by the student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The student cannot be allowed to participate in any activity related to interscholastic athletic programs until the executed consent form is on file in the school (See Attachment 2).
Consent and Release from Liability Certificate for Concussions
The Florida legislature requires the FHSAA to adopt guidelines to educate athletic coaches, officials, administrations and student athletes and their parents/legal guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury. The legislature specifically requires the signature and return by a student athlete and their parent/guardian that explains the nature and risk of concussion and head injury (See Attachment 2 [Page 2 of 4]).
Consent and Release from Liability Certificate for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heat-Related Illness
The FHSAA requires a consent and release form for sudden cardiac arrest and heat-related illness. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of sports-related death. The release form also informs student athletes and parents/guardians that heat-related illnesses including heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps may occur in sports activities (See Attachment 2 [Page 3 of 4]).
Affidavit of Compliance for Concussion
All student athletes must have completed the Concussion in Sports Course before the start of this 2017-2018 sports season. Certificates of completion will be kept on file at the school (See Attachment 3).
Principals shall develop protocols and procedures with their athletic directors and head coaches to ensure that no student participates in athletic activities without the completion and registration of all required sports forms. All sports forms must be on file and maintained at the school level.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Pat McQuaid, Athletic Director, at (754)323-1650.