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Jul 08 2024

Sports physicals for student-athletes: Your questions answered

July 8, 2024  /   Sports Medicine  /   4-minute read

Is your child getting ready to hit the field or court for the upcoming season? Are you wondering about the sports physical requirements in Minnesota? This Q&A covers everything you need to know to ensure your middle or high school athlete is prepped for safe participation!

Q: Are sports physicals mandatory for student-athletes in Minnesota?

Yes, the Minnesota State High School League  (MSHSL) requires all students in grades 7-12 participating in school sports to undergo a sports physical or preparticipation physical examination, every three years. The MSHSL Handbook provides more details on the physical exam and eligibility requirements.

Q: When should I schedule my child’s sports physical?

Welia Health offers free sports physicals for student-athletes every summer. For student-athletes in Kanabec and Pine Counties and surrounding areas, call to schedule sports physicals at the following locations and times, especially if your child is playing a fall sport. 

While Minnesota requires physicals every three years, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends yearly checkups for children ages 3-18. If you prefer, you can often combine a sports physical with a regular preventive care appointment. Welia Health agrees and recommends annual well-child visits from birth through age 20.

Q: What forms are needed?

Download and complete the 2024-25 Sports Physical Form before your appointment. Fill out the top portion and medical history section. Keep a copy for your records. The form is also available in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong

Q: What to expect during the sports physical?

A parent or guardian must accompany students under 18. The Welia Health provider will:

  • Review your child’s medical history
  • Discuss lifestyle habits (exercise, diet, etc.)
  • Perform a physical exam, including:
    • Checking vitals (height, weight, blood pressure, pulse)
    • Vision and hearing tests
    • Examination of the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
    • Checking muscles, bones, posture, strength, and flexibility
  • Female athletes may have additional questions about menstruation, diet, and bone health (female athlete triad)

Q: Does insurance cover sports physicals?

Welia Health offers sports physical clinics (dates and times noted above) at no charge. If you choose to schedule one during an annual well-child visit, most insurance plans cover sports physicals done during preventive care visits, typically with no copay or deductible. Call your insurance company to confirm the details.

Q: Where can I get more information?

For more information on MSHSL requirements, visit the MSHSL website. Call Welia Health at 320.629.7505 to schedule appointments in Pine City and 320.679.1313 for appointments in Mora.

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