Healthcare Providers who perform the annual physical exam for a student-athlete to participate in a school sponsored interscholastic or intramural athletic team or squad, must complete the Student-Athlete Cardiac Assessment professional development module (PD module) required by the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act (SS-ASA) (N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.7). Healthcare Providers that fall into this category include physicians, advanced practice nurses (APN) or physician assistants (PA).
Each healthcare provider is required to sign-off verification of completion of the cardiac module with the completed sports physical which is required for all students in grades six through 12. The PD module can be found at http://www.nj.gov/education/students/safety/health/services/athlete/PDModule.shtml
The healthcare provider may print and sign a Certificate of Completion but they are not required to provide a copy of the Certificate of Completion to the school district.
Advising parents and guardians of this new State requirement now should ensure a student’s participation on an athletic team or squad is not unnecessarily delayed because of these new requirements.
Feel free to bring this communication to your healthcare provider at the time of your child’s annual physical to help convey the requirements we are to follow for all student-athletes as it relates to eligibility for participation.