It may only be springtime, but it’s important to schedule your sports physical now for fall interscholastic sports. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) requires that all athletes playing a fall sport through their school have a physical exam and/or certification between June 1 and August 5, 2019. The exam and form are good through May 31 of the following year. The good news is that you don’t have to wait until June 1 to schedule your child’s sports physical.
Most schools have the PIAA form available on their website, and some schools require you to complete parts of the form online. Please bring this form with you and have the health history form completed and ready for your provider to review.
During the exam, the provider will:
- Measure height and weight and calculate Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Take blood pressure and pulse
- Perform vision and hearing tests if desired
- Check heart, lungs, abdomen, ear, nose and throat
- Check posture, joints, strength and flexibility
- Review immunizations
Additionally, providers screen for chronic conditions and family history that are concerning in athletes. Social and personal behaviors that are common and sometimes risky during adolescence are also discussed. At the end of the visit, your provider will share his or her findings and recommendations with both the patient and the parent or guardian.
If your provider has any concerns about your child’s health while playing a sport, you may be asked to follow up with a specialist to be cleared for participation. We will do everything we can to have your child cleared before the deadline to turn in their PIAA form. This is an excellent reason to schedule your sports exam as soon as you can.
To schedule your child’s fall sports physical with Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics, please call our Bellefonte office at 814.355.3626 or our Boalsburg office at 814.466.7921.
Written by Caryl Waite, PA-C, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group