FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) lauds today’s decision by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to protect the privacy of student athletes. Today’s decision ensures that protected medical information, including menstrual history, will be maintained in the clinical setting, and will be held in the strictest of confidence in accordance with federal law.
“FCAAP is gratified that the FHSAA has rendered a decision that allows student athletes to participate safely in school athletic programs in a way that protects both their health and privacy interests,” said FCAAP President Thresia B. Gambon, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP.
“Pediatricians recognize that both schools and physicians must perform the due diligence necessary to ensure students can participate safely in school athletic programs,” said Dr. Gambon. “We also know that storing records of protected medical information outside the clinical setting poses privacy risks for students and families. Today’s decision by the FHSAA is a win for Florida’s student athletes.”
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Through its more than 2,600 members, the Florida Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics promotes the health and welfare of Florida’s children and supports pediatricians and pediatric specialists as the best qualified providers of their healthcare.
For more information:
Scott VanDeman, Communications Coordinator
Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
850-224-3939, ext. 1005