- How is the new physical requirement different from the one previously used?
Under the previous system, student athletes were required to obtain a physical and it was good for one calendar year.
Under the new system, a student can get one physical per school year and it counts for all of the sports they participate in. Example: A student who receives a physical in July, 2018 meets all medical requirements, except otherwise noted for injury (providing he/she indicates sports on the form), for the 2018-2019 school year. The physical must be dated June 1, 2018 or after.
- 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. Physicals must be dated June 1, 2018 or after.
- For what period of time is the comprehensive physical applicable?
Under the new system the comprehensive physical is sufficient for the 2018-2019 school year only. All physicals must be dated June 1, 2018 or after.
- Are there any circumstances that would require more than one physical or additional physician’s consent the 2018-2019 season?
Yes, under any combination of one or more of the following circumstances, the PIAA requires a physician re-certification:
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 debilitate him/her for a period of time.
- The student athlete suffers an illness or injury which 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 which results in 10 or more days absent from school
- The student athlete suffers an illness or injury, which requires surgery.
In the event that any combination of one or more of these circumstances occurs, the PIAA Re-Certification by Parent/Guardian as well as the PIAA Re-Certification by Physician must be completed.
- By what date must the comprehensive physical exams be completed and information submitted?
The athletic department will be providing deadlines for submission of all forms.
- Section two contains a long list of sports. Does South Fayette offer all of these sports?
No. South Fayette School District offers the following sports:
(Listed alphabetically as on the PIAA form)
Cross Country (Fall)
Lacrosse (Spring) – (Club Sport)
Soccer (Fall) – boys and girls – SFHS does not have a spring girls’ team
Swimming and Diving
Tennis – girls (Fall) w/Fort Cherry
Tennis – boys (Spring) w/Fort Cherry
Track & Field (Spring)
Volleyball – Girls (Fall)
- What if I misplace the forms?
Additional forms are available in the South Fayette High School Athletic Office or may be downloaded from the school district website: www.southfayette.org/athletics
For any other questions or concerns, please contact the South Fayette High School Athletic Office at 412-221-4542 x 240 or 225 or by email at [email protected] or [email protected].