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UIL marching band members must get a sports physical by August 1

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A new University Interscholastic League rule requires physical exams or medical histories for students in school marching bands across Texas. The UIL is the governing body for educational extracurricular academic, athletic and music contests.

The physicals requirement applies to marching band members entering the first and third years of high school. Students in seventh and eighth grades who march in band also need physicals.

A medical history form is required for marching band students in the second and fourth years of high school.

Some Texas school districts already require physical examinations for marching band students.

Long hours of practice in the Texas heat is one of many motivating factors for the rule change. A sports physical will give doctors a chance to see things like elevated blood pressure which could put some participants at risk in the field under extreme heat.

The new rule will take effect on August 1st, but marching band members everywhere are being encouraged to go ahead and get the exam in July before practice squads really get going at the end of this month. Students should check with their school for additional info about the sports physical requirement.

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