The Pope administration has decided that beginning next school year, all members of the Fencing Club must have a physical exam and submit the same medical form as athletes in other sports. This will need to be done before the first practice in August.
The following information was recently posted on the Pope High School Facebook page:
Spring Physical Day- Sat April 27th
Physical Day April 27, 2013 at Resurgens Orthopedics on Chastain Road. No cost-FREE. Physical will cover athletes through the summer and the entire 2013-14 school year. Pope’s time slot is 11am-12pm but students can go anytime between 9-12.
Students will need to get a new blank gray physical form from Coach Mathews’ office before attending (do not print off the county website – use our form). The front will need to be completed before the doctor can complete the physical exam. Mrs.Vorobal will be on hand to check and collect physicals that day. GHSA rules require all athletes to get a new physical for any summer activities as well as prior to trying out for any sport. Did I mention physicals are FREE on 4/27/13!
You can have the physical done by your own doctor, but that is likely to cost you something. The article above is about a way to get the physical done at no cost. I highly recommend that (unless you are competing in the qualifiers for Summer Nationals on that day) you take advantage of this opportunity to take care of this requirement. Note that 27 April is the day of the pool party, so just let’s just make that day all about fencing.
Note that wherever you go for the physical, you must first get a copy of the physical exam form from Coach Mathews’ office and complete the first part before seeing the doctor. If you hand the form to Mrs Vorobel at the doctor’s office, please e-mail Statsman (or the Webmaster on our Contact Us page) so that we can keep track of who has submitted their form.