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Last Revised on January 27, 2014

Medical history is collected as part of the requirements for Online Registration.  This must be completed by a parent/guardian for ALL individuals who wish to participate in ANY CYM sport.

The Office for Catholic Youth Ministry does not mandate a doctor’s physical or doctor’s note to participate in any CYM Sport. However a parish/school has the authority to mandate a doctor's physical and/or a doctor's note for participation on athletic teams.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the child to make sure that the child is physically, mentally and emotionally able to participate in the CYM sports program.

It is strongly recommended that each team have a first aid kit available for practices and games.

Related Policies:

In the event a parish/school mandates a doctor's physical or doctor's note for participation on a parish/school team in the CYM sports program, a doctor's opinion regarding a player's health and ability to participate in CYM athletic programs supersedes parent's authorization for a player to participate in CYM athletic program. 2376

Injuries, other than head injuries under Section 9.85, will only be reported at the parish/school athletic association level, and not to the CYM office. Athletic associations are directed to implement policies and maintain records to deal with player injuries and ensure player safety. The CYM office, or any game official, reserves the right to remove a player from a game if the player appears to be hurt or otherwise playing under unsafe physical condition(s). 2377

A child that has Asthma may not practice or play in games unless the coach has possession of an inhaler, with that child’s name inscribed on the inhaler, and the child is able to administer the inhaler without aid. 2378

A child that is allergic to bee stings and has a history of anaphylactic reaction may not practice or play in games unless the coach has possession of an EPI-PEN with that child’s name inscribed on the EPI-PEN and the child is able to administer the EPI-PEN without aid. 2379

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Signs and symptoms may show immediately or may not appear for 24-48 hours. All CYM coaches are responsible for reading and being familiar with the 'Concussion Handout for Parents' and making certain all parents/guardians of team members have a copy of this handout. In the event an athlete receives a potential head injury during a practice or game the following steps must be taken: 8428

CYM will no longer make use of multiple head injury forms. Instead, coaches, parents and medical professionals should follow the procedures, and complete the form, specified in Section 9.85.2. 8429

An athlete who receives a potential head injury during a practice, contest, or game in which the athlete is dazed or shows symptoms of a concussion as described in the DIAA "Concussion Handout for Parents" MAY NOT return to the practice/game/contest until such time as the athlete is seen by a physician (MD/DO). They physician (MD/DO) must complete the "CYM HEAD INJURY FORM" authorizing the return of the athlete. In addition, the parent of the athlete with the head injury must also sign and complete the form. The coach of the team must complete the coach section of the form. The completed "CYM HEAD INJURY FORM" must be submitted to the CYM Office prior to the athlete being authorized by the CYM Office to return to participate in the CYM Sports program. 8430

The head coach of the team must report a head injury as described above to the Office for Catholic Youth Ministry web site within 24 hours of the head injury occurring. 8431

If a coach violates the above rules, sanctions to the coach can range from a warning, suspension or dismissal from coaching in the CYM athletic program for a period of time to be determined by the Office for Catholic Youth Ministry. 8432