School and Sports Physicals
If your child needs a physical exam before attending school or camp, or before participating in a sport,
Novant Health Mountainview Medical is here to help! Our providers routinely complete these required physicals and fill out associated forms. The purpose of these exams is to make sure your child is healthy enough to participate in the activity in question, and will not put any other children at risk by doing so.
Often these exams are not covered by insurance. If you are concerned, please confirm coverage with your insurance carrier before making your appointment.
Please bring to your appointment any forms you need completed, as we might not have your specific school, sports or camp form in our office.
These required physicals typically involve two parts:
- The medical history part of the exam involves questions about personal and family histories of illnesses, allergies, injuries or other medical conditions that might affect participation in certain activities. Often, medical history questionnaires can be completed before your appointment.
- The physical examination part of the exam includes checking height, weight, blood pressure, pulse and heart function. (In some cases, an electrocardiogram, or EKG, is required to check heart function. This test is not painful and involves placing electrodes on the body to measure heart activity. This test does not hurt, takes only about 10 minutes and can be completed in our office). During the exam, the provider might also check lung function, posture, joints, strength and flexibility.
While these exams can seem to be excessive, they can reveal underlying health issues before those issues become bigger problems.