Female student running through the woods during a cross country track meet.

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.

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:

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.