The Physical Form for Grades 6-8 is a state form that is required before participation in any inter-scholastic sport. A student’s physical examination report is valid for 365 days from the date of the physical examination. Athletes should submit this form annually. It is strongly recommended that all sixth through eighth grade students submit this form in September. Many students are surprised at delays in obtaining appointments with their healthcare providers for last minute physical examinations. It may take one week to have their forms reviewed by the school physician. The school physician signature is required before sports participation.
The Health History Update must be completed by a parent whenever a physical examination has been completed more than 90 days prior to the first sports practice. Parents may expect to complete this form several times during the school year if their child is participating in several sports.
Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Adults
The incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) among student athletes, often due to undetected heart conditions, has caused great concern throughout New Jersey. In response to this serious problem and in an effort to increase awareness and emphasize prevention of possible sudden death of young athletes, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed P. L. 2009, Chapter 260. The law established the New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force.
The Task Force has completed the portion of its mandate to develop an informational brochure about sudden cardiac death for distribution to all districts in the State. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41 school districts are required to distribute the pamphlet to the parents or guardians of students participating in school sports.
Attached for your use is an electronic version of the brochure for distribution. Also, the brochure will be available on the Department’s website under Resources at www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services.Sports Related Eye Injuries