Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Sports Physical Information
How is the new physical requirement different from the one previously used?
Under the previous system, student athletes were required to
obtain a physical within six (6) weeks of the beginning of each sports
season, in which they participated – (for example:. a student who
received a physical for the fall girls’ soccer season had to again
obtain a physical for the winter girls’ basketball season).
Under the new system, a student needs to
obtain only one physical per school year, which is good for all of the
sports in which they participate. Example: A student who receives a
physical on or after June 1, 2008 meets all medical requirements, except
otherwise noted for injury (providing he/she indicates sports on the
form), for that school year.
What is different about the requirements for this physical compared to the previous system?
The new physical is expected to be a “comprehensive physical,”
completed by the student athlete’s primary care physician, thereby
creating a situation in which the student athlete’s personal medical
history any other special conditions otherwise unknown by a school
district physician can be taken into account.
For what period of time is the comprehensive physical applicable?”
Under the new system the comprehensive physical is sufficient
for the entire school year. Therefore, if you receive a physical exam
after June 1st of the current year, that physical exam covers you for
all sports in that school year.
If my child had a physical within the past year, can
the doctor who performed the physical sign the new comprehensive
examination form since it was within a calendar year?
No. Since PIAA only sanctioned the once yearly sports physical
on May 25, 2006, the initial physical for the current fall sports season
must be dated on or after June 1 of the current school year.
Are there any circumstances that would require more than one physical or additional physician’s consent per school year?
Yes, under any combination of one or more of the following circumstances, the PIAA requires a physician re-certification:
The student athlete suffers an
illness or injury that prohibits participation in 25% or more of the
regular season contests of the immediately preceding sports season.
The student athlete suffers an illness or injury that results in 10 or more days absent from school.
The student athlete suffers an illness or injury, which requires surgery.
Additionally, the school district may require a physician’s
re-certification if the student athlete suffers an illness or injury
outside of the season i.e. summer, club sports, etc. that debilitates
him/her for a period of time.
In the event that any combination of one or more of these
circumstances occurs, the PIAA Re-Certification by Parent/Guardian
(Section 5 of PIAA athletic physical form) as well as the PIAA
Re-Certification by Physician (Section 6 of PIAA athletic physical form)
must be completed.
By what date must the comprehensive physical exams be completed and information submitted?
For fall sports in 2008, all physicals must be completed and
the appropriate paperwork submitted to the Athletic Office no later than
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at noon. For all other sports seasons (winter
and spring), the athletic department will be providing deadlines for
submission of all forms. This information will also be posted on the
school district web site under athletics. (www.ptsd.k12.pa.us)
Section two contains a long list of sports. Does Peters Township offer all of these sports?
No. Peters Township School District offers the following sports:
(Listed alphabetically as on the PIAA form)
Ice Hockey (Club)
Girls Soccer (Fall)
Boys Track and Field
Girls Track and Field
If my son participates only in the wrestling program,
when should he receive his physical, and should he have the Urine
Specific Gravity/Body Weight and Percentage of Body Fat form completed
first by the school trainer or the authorized assessor previous to
scheduling the athletic physical exam?
If wrestling is the first sport in which your son participates,
it is recommended that you wait to obtain your physical within the
six-week period previous to the start of the winter season. After the
PTHS trainer does the initial wrestling assessment, Section 7 of the
PIAA Physical form (CIPPE) must be taken to the physician with PIAA
Sections 1,2,3,4 for the physical exam to be complete.
To have my son or daughter’s athletic physical exam
paperwork complete, are there any other forms that the district or PIAA
require for interscholastic athletic participation?
Yes, the Peters Township School District requires a PTSD
Awareness Form (Form "A") and PTSD Waiver, Release and Informed Consent
Form (Form "B").
What if I misplace the forms?
Additional forms are available in the Peters Township High
School Athletic Office or Middle School Main Office, or may be
downloaded from the Peters Township web site: (www.ptsd.k12.pa.us)
For any other questions or concerns, please contact Jami
Christopher, PTHS athletic secretary in the Peters Township High School
Athletic Office at 724.941.6250 Ext 5394 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.