Each participant must have a certificate of an annual physical examination on file at the school prior to participating in athletic try-outs, practices, or games that indicates the student is physically approved for participation.
Physical exams will be good for twelve months from the date of the exam. EXCEPTION: any physical examination taken on or after April 1 in the preceding year will be accepted for the following (GHSA) school year.
The physical exam must be conducted by a licensed medical physician, or doctor of Osteopathic medicine, or a physician's assistant.
The exam must be signed by a doctor, but the doctor's stamp is acceptable if it is in script, and information appears elsewhere on the form identifying him or her as a medical doctor.
It is required that all students use the physical examination form approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics that is found in the GHSA Forms Notebook. The form must have “Revised 7/1/2005 Mandatory” in the upper left corner of the History page.