Due to the extreme nature of the combination of heat, movement, and uniforms that often trap heat and sweat inside them, this Texas school district is strongly considering implementing a pre-season physical program that sets a physical bar for students who desire to participate.
Does this give more legitimacy to the “marching band is a sport” argument?
Or is this just school bureaucracy run amuck?
School Superintendent, John Vakstro chimed in with his thoughts:
“We are strongly considering it for next year,” Valastro said. “We’re in the talking phase. It’s a good idea, especially with all the different health issues that are popping up.”
Also under review are physicals for dance team members and cheerleaders, two other physically demanding extracurricular activities for which UIL does not require the exams, Valastro said.
Featured photo: Port Neches-Groves’ band keeps the spirit alive in the stands during Friday night’s home game in the District 22-5A opener. Photo taken Friday, September 26, 2014 Kim Brent/@kimbpix