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What is involved in a High-school-age sports physical?

Ds is 15+ and has been homeschooled all his life. He is planning on attending the public high school this fall, either part- or full-time.


He needs to have a physical before enrollment. Plus, even if he doesn't participate in sports (has severe scoliosis), he should have a sports physical, as well.


What is the difference?


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It has never seemed different to me than a regular physical except that the doctor fills out the school form at the same time. Weight/height check, vision screening, check iron levels in blood, urine sample, etc.

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Make sure you take all the paper work with you to do them at the same time!!!!! Don't pay for 2 visits.

It depends a little on the doctor and the form. Partly, they want some one to listen to his heart and make sure that he isn't at risk for a cardiac event.

Our school physical includes a vision screening.

Honestly, there isn't a heck of a lot to either one. It's just forms.

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Same as a regular annual physical, just have the dr. fill out school forms. Nothing to worry about!

 
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So for a teenage boy, I would expect: ht/wt check, vision & hearing screen, full head to toe assessment, including checking testicles & for hernias. With sports physicals, we add in EKG, lab draw (just general cbc, Chem panel, etc) and urinalysis. Some schools require other things on a sports physical depending on the sport & the area you live in. The form the school gives you should give you a good idea of what they will do, you need to make sure to bring it with you so the provider does everything listed on the form.

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So for a teenage boy, I would expect: ht/wt check, vision & hearing screen, full head to toe assessment, including checking testicles & for hernias. With sports physicals, we add in EKG, lab draw (just general cbc, Chem panel, etc) and urinalysis. Some schools require other things on a sports physical depending on the sport & the area you live in. The form the school gives you should give you a good idea of what they will do, you need to make sure to bring it with you so the provider does everything listed on the form.
Hmm, my kids have never had to have EKG, blood draw, or urinalysis for a sports physical, and that's at three different school.
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Hmm, my kids have never had to have EKG, blood draw, or urinalysis for a sports physical, and that's at three different school.
yeah that No blood or urinalysis. Not EKG - nothing invasive.
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They may actually have the forms on the schools website. That'll give you a good idea of what to expect.

 
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The EKG is standard in Texas, blood work & urinalysis vary, but are fairly common. Might have to do with the prevalance of HS sports in August in 100+ degree heat.

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The EKG is standard in Texas, blood work & urinalysis vary, but are fairly common. Might have to do with the prevalance of HS sports in August in 100+ degree heat.
I'm in southern Arizona, and no body is hotter than us .

They don't do EKGs or anything else invasive here as part of school / sports physicals.

I agree that looking up the form and reading through it is the best way to find out what is involved, and that you should take a copy of both forms with you to the appointment.

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I appreciate all your replies. Ds has never had a regular physical (we stopped the whole well-child visits when he was much younger, with our doc's approval). We know our doctor socially, as well as professionally, so he's seen ds outside the office. Plus, ds is usually in for something ever couple of years or so with something insignificant. Doc even makes house calls, as he did for ds when he had mumps, many years ago!


We don't do any immunizations, so our doc will sign the exemption with no worries (he's not a vaccine-pusher, by any means!).


The ports physical will be good for 24 months, so no more physicals after this year, unless he decides to be involved in some sport when he is a senior.


Again, thanks for your responses!!


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