Date Approved: February 19 2015
Some Down's Syndrome children have an instability in the spine close to where it joins the skull. Participation in some physical activities by Down's Syndrome children with this weakness can result in very serious injury (atlantoaxial dislocation). Severe injury to the upper spinal cord may result.
Therefore, in order to protect Down's Syndrome students, the Board of School Trustees requires that all Down's Syndrome students be properly screened by a medical doctor prior to their participation in physical activities. Down's syndrome students shall not be permitted to participate in physical activities without written approval by a medical practitioner permitting participation in physical activities.
Physical activities for Down's Syndrome children with an instability in the spine close to where it joins the skull are identified as the following:
gymnastics, diving, butterfly stroke in swimming, diving starts in swimming, high jump, pentathlon and soccer.