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Athletes Must Have Clearance To Return to Play

Posted on: January 5, 2021
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In accordance with the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Sports Order amended and issued September 25, 2020, that provides MANDATORY requirements for interscholastic sports, any student-athlete who tests positive for COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, shall not return to sports activities until a documented medical exam is performed clearing the individual prior to that individual returning to contests or practices. The documented medical exam must specifically include an assessment of the cardiac/heart risk of high intensity exercise due to the potential of myocarditis occurring in COVID-19 patients. This written medical authorization from a physician (M.D. or D.O.) or another qualified licensed medical provider, who works in consultation with, collaboration with or under the supervision of an M.D. or D.O. or who is working pursuant to the referral by an M.D. or D.O., AND is authorized by the Board or Education or other governing board, is being required by our school/school district to grant written clearance for the student to return to participation. This form shall serve as verification that the physician or licensed medical professional has examined the student, has performed a specific cardiac/heart risk evaluation or has referred the student for more definitive evaluation by a specialist. The physician or licensed medical professional must complete this form and submit to a school administrator prior to the student’s resumption of participation in practice and/or a contest. To reiterate, this student is not permitted to reenter practice or competition until cleared by a physician or licensed medical provider.