3 Things To Know About Your Child’s Sports Physical

It is hard to believe that it’s already back to school time. For all those basketball, football, track and gymnastic all-stars, this time of year also means annual sports physicals. As usual, parents will need to complete the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) packet and have a physical completed by the child’s primary care provider or other licensed medical provider.

Before you make your appointment, here are three things you need to know about your child’s sports physical and necessary paperwork.

1. Parents of high school students have the option to complete PRIVIT e-PPE, a web-based assessment in place of a paper form.

Although not mandatory, OHSAA strongly recommends this year that parents use the web-based risk assessment system. The new system follows best practice guidelines for assessment of a student athlete’s risk factors for sports participation.

Each high school is assigned a URL through the PRIVIT e-PPE and can be accessed by the school’s athletic director. OHSAA assures parents need not be concerned with privacy because the information stored on the website meets all federal guidelines to protect the student’s medical privacy. It is the parent’s responsibility to complete the online forms for the student and information needed is the same as the information currently required on the paper documents.

2. A physical is still required if you complete the web-based assessment because it helps reduce your child’s risk for injury.

As before, a physical by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant is still required. It is through the pre-participation physical that 90 percent of sports-related potential injuries or health events can be identified.

Parents must print out the completed online documents and take them to the child’s sports physical appointment as they currently do now.

The benefit of the online PRIVIT system is that is creates a nationally standardized health risk assessment for your child. The purpose is to help standardize the risk assessment of high school athletes. 

Often, high school students do not have their sports physicals completed by their primary care provider. Instead, parents opt for less expensive alternatives such as an urgent care or the convenience of the sports physical day at school. Either way, the provider completing the physical is often meeting the child for the first time.

The PRIVIT e-PPE health risk assessment presents a standard risk assessment for review and thereby creates a more consistent assessment, regardless of who performs the physical. Parents should print the health risk assessment and take it to the child’s physical appointment to help identify health risks.

The assessment is also easy to update annually and tracks a student’s risk from year to year, identifying increasing risks throughout the athletes years in school. For example, it will flag a high-risk student who has a concussion or two one year, and then another concussion or two the following year as higher risk for subsequent head injury.

3. A concussion awareness form must be completed and signed by both the athlete and parent.

Speaking of concussions, make sure that this form is completed in addition to the physical form. And learn more about concussions in this video featuring Matt Roth, MD, ProMedica Physician and team physician for the Toledo MudHens and Toledo Walleye.

To learn more about the PRIVIT e-PPE web assessment, watch this informational video below or contact your child’s school.