What Is a Sports Physical?
In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it’s safe for you to participate in a particular sport. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a PPE isn’t required, doctors still highly recommend getting one. The Kansas State High School Athletic Association requires that the athlete's sports physical be completed after May 1st for the upcoming school year.
The two main parts to a sports physical are the medical history and the physical exam.