An email to high school administrators dated April 22 from Commissioner Bobby Cox announced, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2019-20 school year and the continued stress on the medical community, the IHSAA will waive the provisions of Rule 3-10 for the 2020-21 school year. Effective immediately, valid physical and consent forms presented to member schools on behalf of eligible students during the 2019-20 school year shall be valid during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.”
Those who did not play high school sports in the 2019-20 school year and those transferring from an out-of-state school will still be required to undergo a physical exam that is documented on the appropriate IHSAA form.
Parents whose children are eligible for the waiver may be inclined to celebrate the resultant savings in time and money. Perhaps, though, they should hit the pause button
In fact, based on a blog posted online by the British Journal of Sports Medicine on April 24, parents should at the very least consult with their child’s physician by phone before restarting athletics.
Co-authored by sports cardiologists from major medical centers across the country, the document combined optimism with wariness. “As rates of new infection begin to plateau and even decline in some countries, there is mounting enthusiasm for a resurrection of sport. When it finally comes, the first serve, the first kickoff, and the first starter’s gun will aid in global recovery and the redefining of normal life,” the document read. “We eagerly await this day but proceeding too soon and without a unified and purposeful approach by the sports medicine community to ensure the health and wellness of our athletes may prove disastrous.”