Now is the Optimal Time to Schedule a Sports Physical
J.T. Pinney, M.D.
As the current school year winds down, it’s time to start thinking about scheduling your students’ sports physical for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. “The optimal time to perform a sports physical is at least six weeks before the student’s official practices begin,” said Sports Medicine Specialist J.T. Pinney, M.D., medical director of MidMichigan’s WellSport Program.
The state of Michigan requires that every student have an annual sports physical in order to participate in middle or high school sports. The physical must be completed after April 15 of the previous school year. Scheduling a sports physical at least six weeks in advance allows time to evaluate and address any concerns without delaying the student’s participation in the sport.
“If your child has a primary care provider, we strongly encourage you to schedule their sports physical with their own physician or advanced practice provider as part of an annual well-visit,” said Pinney. Pairing a well check-up with a sports physical allows the primary care provider to also recommend any necessary immunizations before the next school year begins. Additionally, most insurance providers cover the complete cost of an annual well check-up.”
For middle or high school students who do not currently have a primary care provider, parents are encouraged to call MidMichigan Health Line at (989) 837-9090. Sports physicals are also offered on a walk-in basis at MidMichigan Urgent Care locations and by appointment at MidMichigan WellSport locations. A listing of locations can be found at www.midmichigan.org/locations.