MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The Michigan High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) requires pre-participation sports physicals for students in 5th grade or higher who wish to participate in school sports. Physicals completed after April 15 are considered valid for the following school year.
Primary care providers at MyMichigan Health concur with the American Academy of Pediatrics that a patient’s best option for care is through their primary care provider.
“We encourage parents to incorporate sports physicals into the child’s yearly wellness exams if possible,” said Shreya Wachob, M.D., a pediatrician at MyMichigan Medical Center Mt. Pleasant. “Your child’s primary care provider is most familiar with their complete health history and can guide you through proper follow-up care if there are any findings.”
“We also recommend that athletes do not wait until the start of the sports season to schedule their physical but begin the process as soon after April 15 as practical so that we have sufficient time to address any health issues before practices begin.”
To assist in that process, MyMichigan is offering the following free clinics for athletes who are not already established with a primary care provider or whose yearly wellness exam falls outside the window for participation in early season sports.
Athletes do not need an appointment to attend these clinics. They should bring a completed MHSAA pre-participation physical form signed by a parent or guardian. This form is available online at https://www.mhsaa.com/portals/0/Documents/health%20safety/physical2page.pdf.
Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during their physical.
Those who would like assistance with identifying a primary care provider and scheduling a new patient appointment may call MyMichigan Health Line toll-free at at (800) 999-3199.
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