We need your help in completing and submitting the Athlete Medical Form for Special Olympics. If your child will participate in Special Olympics during the school year, you must complete and submit the athlete medical form. Please note: all physicals submitted must be completed on the Special Olympics Texas Athlete Medical From. This form is good for 3 years.
Benefits of Participation
There are many benefits to participating as an athlete with Special Olympics Texas:
• Physical exercise positively impacts health, mood and anxiety.
• Emphasis on sports training helps athletes maintain a healthy weight.
• Athletes participate in activities that enhance their self-esteem and help them see that they can achieve goals that they set for themselves.
• Athletes have many opportunities to make new friends and socialize in an environment that is accepting and encouraging.
• Travel opportunities allow athletes to gain life experiences and skills that will positively impact all areas of their lives.
• The Athlete Leadership Programs offer athletes opportunities to get involved in decision-making, public speaking, and leadership roles in their communities.
To compete in Special Olympics, a person must be at least eight years old. Children at the age of six may begin a training program, but are not able to compete until the age of eight. A person must also be identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following:
• Intellectual Disabilities
• Closely related development disability, which means having functional limitations in both general learning and in adaptive skills such as recreation, work, independent living, self direction, or self care.
Please note that the Student Health Center does not provide physicals and you will need to see your primary doctor.
If your child has a doctor, it is important for your child to visit his/her own doctor for the physical, because the doctor knows your child and their medical history. This is especially important if your child has any prior medical conditions or is under a doctor’s care for any medical condition.
If your child is not sure about participating, please go ahead and fill everything out now to avoid confusion later.
All forms must be completed before participating in tryouts, practices, or contests. All forms must be submitted and returned to the Athletic Trainer prior to participation in Special Olympics, ideally return by August 1st to the TSD Athletics Department to ensure that we have received your child(s) paperwork before the first practice of the season. Please submit the SOTX Medical Form to John Moore.
If you have any questions regarding the required information, please contact John Moore at John.Moore@tsd.state.tx.us.
SOTX medical form attached below.