Physicals and health information
Before a student can play a sport, he or she must have a physical exam and parent permission. Both are required by state law.
All students participating in interscholastic athletics must have a physical within a year before the first day of practice. This required physical should be conducted by the student's health care provider. If a student does not have a health care provider, the school nurse can schedule a physical with the district physician.
Physicals can be faxed to the Athletics Department at 518-475-6311.
The following permission forms must be signed by a parent or guardian and turned in before the start of each sport season. This process is repeated for the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
District officials must have the following documents before the student can participate in sports:
A current health appraisal form completed by the student's health care provider. This is the Required NYS School Health Examination Form. This physical must be on file in the nurse's office. A current physical is one that has been completed within 12 months of the month that the sport starts.
A health history and permission form to be completed by the student's parent or guardian. This is Seasonal Sports Interval History HE-106 form, and must be filled out before the start of each season. This form cannot be dated earlier than one month prior to the start of the season.
If the student may require medication (inhaler, epi-pen etc.) during sports, the HE 132 Medical Permission form and the HE 133 Self-Administered Medication Permission form must be completed and returned in order to be cleared. This form has to be current for each school year and on file in the nurse’s office.
Completed forms should be turned in to the school nurse. In addition, the Seasonal Sports Interval History form contains a concussion information sheet that parents/guardians must review and keep for their records.
Forms also are available from all school nurses' offices and guidance offices and the Physical Education Office at Albany High School.
Finally, a student cannot play a sport until he or she and a parent attends the "Update for Interscholastic Sports" information session held before each sport season.
For more information, call the Physical Education Office at (518) 475-6310.
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions and head injuries are commonly reported in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreational activities.
Concussions can have serious consequences if not managed carefully. In 2011, the City School District of Albany Board of Education adopted a Concussion Management Policy to support the proper evaluation and management of concussions and other head injuries. The policy is in compliance with the New York State Concussion Management and Awareness Act.
Click on the highlighted text in the links below for more information about the district policy or to find other resources on concussions.
- City School District of Albany
- Concussions: The Invisible Injury -- a fact sheet for students and parents
- New York State Education Department's Guidelines for Concussion Management in the School Setting
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- New York State Department of Health
- New York State Public High School Athletic Association
- CDC-sponsored trainings on addressing concussion in sports among kids and teens for: