Physician Examinations for Young Athletes: The Texas Medical Association (1) supports the promotion of student involvement in sports and other physical activities and supports elimination of barriers that prevent students from participating; (2) supports changes in the Texas Education Code that would require that athletic pre-participation physical examinations for school-age children be conducted only by licensed allopathic or osteopathic physicians, or appropriately supervised physician assistants or advanced practice nurses licensed in the State of Texas; (3) endorses the standardized screening procedures as outlined in the pre-participation physical evaluation form developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. TMA also recognizes the importance of reviewing these national guidelines on a regular basis to monitor emerging science and evidence-based guidelines; and (4) will work with the University Interscholastic League and other groups, including county medical societies, to support evidence-based efforts to promote health and safety among young Texans engaged in sports and physical activity. In addition, TMA will work to provide resources to physicians to raise awareness on screening guidelines for pre-participation exams and to promote understanding of special issues related to athletes including concussion management and cardiovascular screening (Amended CM-CAH Rep. 1-A-12).
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October 07, 2016