Physical Exams for Interscholastic Athletes

A physical examination is required prior to the first practice for participation in interscholastic athletics. According to a new ruling by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), most physical exams are valid for 24 months rather than the previous 13 months.

The physical exam must stipulate that the athlete is cleared for competition specifically at the junior high level — or for competition at the high school level. For example, a physical exam obtained as a junior high ninth grader within the past two years must indicate that the athlete is also cleared for high school competition if the athlete intends on participating as a tenth grader in his or her new high school.