Completion of a Sports Physical, also known as a Preparticipation Physical Exam (PPE), is required for involvement in almost every organized athletic program. Participation in sports activities is a wonderful way to enhance social and emotional growth in children. We encourage you to take every opportunity to share in this wonderful experience with your child.
In some instances,a general physical can be used for the clearance of a young athlete, however, a focused sports physical is best. During this type of visit, there is structured time for a proper review of your child’s medical and family history,as well as completion of an exam suited for clearance. Sports physicals screen for findings that could significantly compromise your child’s safety. In the event that there is the discovery of any condition that poses a potential risk for serious injury or harm, further evaluation by a specialist may be needed before clearance can be granted.
It is recommended that sports-related exams be performed at least 6-8 weeks before starting a season. This time frame will allow for any additional evaluation(s) to be completed, as necessary. On the other hand, if there has been a lengthy period of time since your child’s last physical, it is important to confirm that an updated exam isn’t advised. In our clinic, if more than 6 months has elapsed since your child’s last physical, our doctor performs a more current assessment in order to ensure a clean bill of health.
Though we support sports participation, many insurance carriers view this as an optional activity. As a result, any physicals related to sports participation is a non-covered visit by insurance providers. Please call our office to familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures related to non-covered services.