Doctors from Children's Spur Adoption of Standard Preparticipation Form for Georgia High School Athletes
Thanks in part to two physicians from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia high schools are using a new, standardized physical exam form (English, En Español) that will better identify "at risk" athletes and prevent sudden deaths on the playing field. Unlike many of the past forms used by high schools across Georgia, the new form is designed to capture more information that will highlight undiagnosed heart problems.
Preparticipation Form (PDF):
Jack K. Stevens, M.D., of the Children's Sibley Heart Center, and David L. Marshall, M.D., Medical Director of the Children's Sports Medicine Program, proposed the new form to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) after reviewing the results of a statewide survey conducted by Emory University School of Medicine resident Laura Weiser.
Weiser's survey revealed that a vast number of forms were in use and they varied widely in quality. After hearing Dr. Stevens' and Dr. Marshall's reasons for the new form, the GHSA, which had never before approved a standard examination form for its member schools, approved it unanimously and has strongly recommended its use to its members across the state.
For More Information
Learn more about sudden cardiac death in children and young athletes as well as the importance of a detailed personal and family history in the preparticipation evaluation.