In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it’s safe for you to participate in a certain sport.
A sports physical is a check-up to assess a teen’s health and fitness as it relates to a sport. It is not the same as a regular physical. During the sports physical, the health care provider looks for any diseases or injuries that could make it unsafe to participate in sports and reviews the family’s medical history to ensure additional tests are performed if necessary.
Pre-participation school sports physical – We routinely perform physical evaluations performed as required by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) prior to participation in interscholastic sports activities.
Download blank FHSAA Pre-participation physical forms
9.7 PHYSICAL EVALUATION (FHSAA Form EL2
– Pre-participation Physical Examination)
9.7.1 Student Must Have a Physical Evaluation Each Year. A student must have a physical evaluation each year and be certified as being physically fit to participate in interscholastic athletic programs. A physical evaluation shall
be valid for a period not to exceed one calendar year from the date of practitioner’s signature. The student cannot be allowed to participate in any activity related to interscholastic athletic programs until the fully executed physical evaluation form is on file in the school. (s.1002.20(17)(b), Florida Statutes)
9.7.2 Qualified Practitioners. The annual physical evaluation must be administered either by a licensed physician, a licensed osteopathic physician, a licensed chiropractic physician, a licensed physician assistant, or a certified advanced registered nurse practitioner.