Updated GHSA Sports Form

February 25, 2020
by Dekalb Pediatrics

As of January 1, 2020 the newest version of the Georgia High School Association pre-participation sports form is required for athletic participation. Here is a link to the updated form (also available on the portal) and the requirements per the GHSA website. A physical exam is good for 12 months, except if done after April 1 in a given year the form is good for the entire following school year. If you need a replacement form (had a physical exam within the previous 12 months) please complete the history part of the form, message us and upload it on the portal. If it’s been a year since a checkup, please call us to schedule an annual well visit at which time we will complete the new form.


1.41       Students must have a certificate of an annual physical examination on file at the school prior to participating in any athletic try-outs, practices, voluntary workouts or games that indicate the students are physically approved for participation.

(a)          Physical examinations will be good for twelve (12) months from the date of the exam. EXCEPTION: Any physical examination taken on or after April 1 in the preceding year will be accepted for the entire next GHSA school year.

(b)          The physical exam must be conducted by a licensed medical physician, doctor of Osteopathic medicine, nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant.

(c)          The exam must be signed by an M.D., D.O., or by a Physician’s Assistant, or an Advance Practice Nurse who has been delegated that task by an M.D., or D.O.

(d)          The GHSA requires that member schools use the latest edition of the preparticipation physical evaluation form approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, et. al., found on the GHSA web site.


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