For student athletes in middle school and high school, a physical is required every school year. Typically, a physical is required after April 15 of the prior school year.
With doctors offices postponing physicals for older kids and teens during the stay at home order, I was worried about being able to reschedule my daughter’s physical in time for the high school fall sports season – and with enough cushion to make it through 4 years of high school sports physicals.
MHSAA Spring Meeting Information
The Michigan High School Athletic Association held their annual spring meeting on Monday, May 4 and released details on May 8. Among changes to specific sports and playoffs, they modified two rules for athletes due to COVID-19.
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2020-2021 Physical Waiver
I have been worried about being able to get my daughter a physical in time for the 2020-2021 fall season. She had a sports physical in early March before starting middle school swim. Her full physical was scheduled for late April. At the time, the doctor’s office was canceling physicals for healthy older children and not rescheduling them. With the stay at home order extended and the backlog of families needing appointments, I was not sure I would be able to schedule a physical before girls high school swimming starts in the fall.
Last week MHSAA recognized this difficulty and is waiving the 2020-2021 physical exam requirement in most cases. The student must have had a physical during the 2019-2020 school year and must fill out and sign the annual sports health questionnaire. Since my daughter had a physical in April, she will be able to skip the physical for 2020-2021.
In my experience, Ann Arbor Middle School Sports uses the same physical form and policies as the high schools. So I would assume that middle school sports will also receive the physical waiver.
With winter and spring sports seasons cut short, many graduating senior athletes lost their senior day. MHSAA is allowing athletic directors to request a waiver for graduating seniors to wear their competition uniforms one for time at a school sponsored event.
At this point I am not sure what fall will look like. Will school be back to full-time in person classes? Will fall high school sports occur?
My personal feeling is that by fall we will have a hybrid of in-person and on-line school. I doubt that high school sports will happen in fall. But I could be wrong. And if sports do happen, as parents are we comfortable with the safety of our daughter participating?
Either way, it is nice to know that the sports physical is one less thing to worry about.