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New York State Education Department Guidelines, Laws, Memos

Regulations of the Commissioner 135 Health and Physical Education

Memo: Athletic Trainer Scope of Practice-Clarifies the scope of practice and role of the medical director in supervising the athlete (7/5/11)

Memo: Coaching and Athletics Update - Reviews SED policy for required courses, NFHS rule on head injury and participation (10/2010)

Memo: Sports Physicals - Updated Information Regarding Sports Physicals (12/2000) 

Health Examination Guidelines (Updated May 2018)

Guidelines for Coaching Requirements - Includes CPR and First Aid Requirements (1/29/18)



Mixed Competition-Regulations of the Commissioner of Education on Mixed Competition- -Provides updated guidance on participation, Tanner scores for mixed competition (2019)

Mixed Competition The Department has received several questions regarding how APP guidance relates to the standards for mixed competition reviews. It is important to clarify that the regulations surrounding mixed competition for participation interscholastic sports pursuant to Commissioner’s Regulation §135.4(c)(7)(ii)(c) remain the same. However, the physical tests to be used under that regulation will be updated and will also follow the President’s Physical Fitness Test. The Mixed Competition Guidelines are currently under review at the Department and further communication will follow in the near future. Please note: In mixed competition review, the fitness scores are not intended to be qualifying or disqualifying scores. The scores that appear in the chart are not absolute requirements for the panel. The scores only provide a reference for the panel to consider. If the scores of the student differ from the standards, the panel should assess the significance of that difference. For further clarification on the New York State Education Department Commissioner’s Regulations for Physical Education and Athletics please contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (518) 474-5922. For inquiries specific to competition governance you may wish to contact the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) at (518) 690-0771 and/or toll-free at (866) 598-2816.



Athletic Trainers

NYSED Office of Professions-Athletic Training - Athletic training is the application of the principles and procedures for managing athletic injuries. This includes preconditioning, conditioning, and reconditioning activities. Athletic trainers work under the supervision of licensed physicians to provide services to individuals who have suffered athletic injuries. Certified athletic trainers manage athletic injuries and illnesses such as sprains, strains, contusions, and post-surgical reconditioning. Athletic trainers may: identify factors that may contribute to athletic injury and eliminate them before an injury occurs, develop appropriate fitness and training programs. At athletic events, athletic trainers provide emergency care and first aid to individuals who have sustained an athletic injury, evaluate athletic injuries, and make referrals to appropriate medical personnel.

National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) - The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Health Issues.  It provides information on many health topics.


Coaches & Athletic Trainers Toolkit - The National Eating Disorders Association 

Youth Sports Safety Alliance (YSSA) - Works to raise awareness, advance legislation and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. The YSSA was spearheaded by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and now includes more than 70 member organizations.

NYSED Curriculum and Instruction for Physical Education, Athletics, and Coaching - Contains NYSED PE Toolkit, health education and earning standards APE information for students with disabilities and coaching requirements and resources.

Emergency Action Program for After School Practices and Events

Anyone Can Save a Life - an emergency response program for after-school practices and events designed to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest.

NYS Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA)-Includes heat and cold resources

NYSPHSAA Handbook (Updated April, 2019)

NYSPHSAA Safety and Research Page with school health forms and resources

 Skin Infection Resources

NYSPHSAA Guide for Skin Infections-Provides steps to reduce spread of skin infections in student athletics (12/2011)

NYSPHSAA NYS Health Care Provider Release Form for Wrestler to Participate With Skin Infections-Medical provider release for

Special Accommodations (insulin pump, colostomy appliance, prosthetics)

Procedures to be followed for students who need accommodations for medical prosthetics or religious apparel during sports participation.

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