Any Down Syndrome athlete who wishes to compete in the following sports MUST have a Down Syndrome Special Exam form on file:
Alpine skiing, soccer skills and team, artistic gymnastics, powerlifting, snowboarding, diving start, butterfly stroke, squat lift, high jump and pentathlon
If the healthcare provider completes the Down Syndrome section on the medical form, even in error, and there is no Down Syndrome Special Exam form attached or on file, the athlete will be assumed to have Down Syndrome, be restricted from the above sports and the comment “NEED SPECIAL EXAM FORM COMPLETED” will be added to their file
If we have a note from the healthcare provider on file indicating the athlete does not have Down Syndrome, and the Down Syndrome section is completed in error, they will not be restricted from any of the above sports
If the athlete isn’t participating in the above sports and their file indicates they need a Special Exam Form, they don’t have to complete one.
We cannot assume the comment “N/A” means that the athlete does not have Down Syndrome.
Methods used to prevent the Down Syndrome section being completed in error:
Note written on side of Down Syndrome section of medical
Strip of paper covering section with a reminder to healthcare provider to complete only if athlete has Down Syndrome
What else you should know about Down Syndrome Restrictions
If an athlete’s previous medical indicated they have Down Syndrome, and the Down Syndrome section on their new medical is blank, THEY ARE STILL PRESUMED TO HAVE DOWN SYNDROME
If an athlete’s previous medical did not indicate Down Syndrome, and the Down Syndrome section on their new medical has been completed (even in error), THEY ARE NOW PRESUMED TO HAVE DOWN SYNDROME
Lifting medical restrictions/clarifying if an athlete does not have Down Syndrome does NOT have to be completed by the medical deadline date
Restrictions/clarifications MUST, however, be done prior to area competition
Notes from healthcare providers CAN be faxed to the Program Office
Forms MUST be mailed to the new Program Office address as of September 1, 2010
There will be a delay in processing forms mailed to the old address and need to be rerouted by the USPS
If the medical is mailed to the old address, postmarked by October 1 st but is rerouted and therefore received by the new office close to the district competition date, the sports director may not allow the athlete to compete.