Requirements Of Student Athletes' Preseason Physicals Vary Between States

December 22, 2014 5:00 AM

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Before joining a high school sports team, most students in the U.S. have to complete a preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE). This preseason physical is intended to check that a student is healthy enough to participate in competitive sports, but a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that the requirements of the physicals vary widely across states -- so students are not always screened for conditions that could lead to big problems.

The study found that the District of Columbia and every state, except for Vermont, requires a PPE for student athletes, but there are no national standards for them. The National Federation of State High School Associations endorses PPEs, but does not have the jurisdiction to require them nationally...

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