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Sports and School Physicals

At our Internal Medicine/Walk-In Clinic, you do not need an appointment for sports and school physicals. A parent or guardian should accompany the child for the visit. Please bring updated immunization card and any medication, if taking. 

In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a particular sport. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a PPE isn't required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.

Similarly most schools require a complete physical examination completed by a primary care doctor for every child entering school. Components of the visit are similar to sports physical visit. School physical
exam form for the state of Florida can be found at
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/family/school/parent/schoolentryexam06-02.pdf

Sports physicals consist of two parts: a medical history and a physical examination. The goals of sports physicals are to evaluate an athlete's general health, current fitness level, risk of injury, and physical well-being. Sports physicals are recommended for students and adults that are taking part in:

  • School or interleague sports program
  • Club sports teams
  • New fitness regimens

A sports physical allows a physician to identify any conditions that might keep the athlete out of the game or affect performance. Athletes should have a physical six weeks before the start of the sport season; however this can vary due to changing sport seasons. This timing provides an opportunity to address an existing injury or improve conditioning prior to participation in the activity.

Our medical history form and the form given b the school can be filled out prior to a visit for added convenience. This covers questions about serious family illnesses, hospitalizations, past injuries, and a player's overall health. If a problem is discovered, the doctor and athlete can work together to develop a plan to prep the athlete for competition.

Requirements of sports physicals can vary by state and sport. Be sure to check with your sports program administrator about the necessary requirements, in order to be cleared to participate.

For all questions related to sports and school physicals call (850)526-3314 or complete the online appointment form below.

 

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