The Blue Springs School District and the Missouri High School Activities Association
require all students who are participating in athletics to have a sports-related
physical. Information about the need for
a physical is included below:
The first step in safe athletic participation should be a
thorough pre-participation evaluation (PPE) by a physician who knows the
athlete well. Each school shall require a physician’s certificate stating
that the individual is physically able to participate in their chosen activity
or activities from each student participating in sports activities or
spirit. The most appropriate form is the consensus Pre-participation
Physical Evaluation form recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics,
American College of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians,
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for
Sports Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Academy for Sports Medicine and
care should be taken to address each part of the evaluation.
This annual physical is a very important part of comprehensive
medical care for a young athlete. It gives the pediatrician or family
physician an opportunity to address general medical history, probe potential
issues related to physical activity including cardiovascular problems, as well
as address sensitive issues such as drug and alcohol use with their young
patient. In the event that an athlete and their parents do not regularly
attend a medical office, they have the option of obtaining a physical
evaluation certificate from any physician. The evaluation may be
performed and the certificate may be signed by an Advanced Registered Nurse
Practitioner or Certified Physician’s Assistant who are working in written
collaborative practice with a physician provided the name of the physician with
whom there is collaborative practice also appears on the certificate.
The medical certificate is valid from February 1 through the
next school year. For example, a physical issued on February 1, 2016, is
valid through the 2016-17 school year. Before a student begins try-outs
or practices for sports activities or spirit, they must have a physical
evaluation certificate and insurance verification on file with their school
A physician examining athletes in junior and senior high schools
must use good judgment in deciding whether or not to restrict a student from
competition. There are three major considerations for restricting persons
from participation in athletics.
- Is there an injury, illness or condition which prevents the
individual from competing fairly with normal persons?
- Is there an injury, illness or condition which might be
aggravated by athletic competition?
- Does this injury, illness or condition place that athlete or
another athlete at harm?
These question are relative and circumstances alter decisions. It
is the examining physician’s responsibility to determine qualification and
disqualification for participation.
If you need a MSHAA physical form, please click here or the link on the left side of the page.