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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SUNSET COMMISSION ENHANCES REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL SPORTS PHYSICALS

With all of the state’s health care agencies up for review this cycle, the deliberations of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission are an important preview to the 2015 Texas Legislature. The commission voted to improve standards for preparticipation physicals of students wishing to play University Interscholastic League (UIL) athletics or cheerleading. In the face of mounting concerns about threats to student athletes such as cardiovascular and neurologic conditions, the sunset commission’s recommendation specifies that a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner must sign off on the examination. UIL rules currently allow chiropractors, as well as physicians or their delegates, to perform these physicals. There is nothing in state law related to the physicals. The Sunset Advisory Commission recommendation is the first step toward putting this important patient protection into law.

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