No need for a medical certificate for the sport of minors



This was not the most discussed point of the bill “of acceleration and simplification of public action” (ASAP) voted in first reading in the National Assembly on Tuesday October 6, and which aims above all to “Liberate the French and businesses”, if we are to believe Guillaume Kasbarian, deputy La République en Marche of Eure-et-Loir and rapporteur for the text. Article 37, which modifies the sports code, however, introduces a real change for tens of thousands of parents, and by extension, doctors.

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It stipulates that the famous medical certificates required for sports are no longer compulsory for minors. From now on, “The obtaining or the renewal of a license allowing or not to participate in the competitions organized by a sports federation, is subject to the attestation of the completion of a questionnaire relating to the state of health of the minor athlete, carried out jointly by the minor and by persons exercising parental authority “, provides the text.

“Free up medical time for doctors”

The process is therefore declarative, for a double objective: “Making life easier for parents and freeing up medical time for doctors, explains Guillaume Kasbarian. The minors must make twenty obligatory visits in front of the doctors in their course, it was useless to add more “. However, exceptions remain for high-risk sports such as diving, boxing or rugby. For adults, the production of a medical certificate remains compulsory. MEPs did not vote on an amendment wishing to delete it.

An evolution welcomed by Paul Delamarche, professor emeritus at the University of Rennes 2 and specialist in health sport: “It is a measure of common sense, he comments. Young people free from pathology do not need to renew a medical certificate every year as was the case. And the fact is that this clogs up the medical offices, especially during the re-entry period, and especially in rural areas ”. Sports federations and clubs also appreciate the simplification. In this period of pandemic, anything that can facilitate the arrival of new licensees is welcome.

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