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Friends Standing TogetherWhat is a sports physical?

A sports physical is a comprehensive history and physical. The sports physical form comes from the Kentucky High School Athletics Association and can be found on their web site, http://khsaa.org. It has to be signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or chiropractor (if it is within their scope of practice.)

Who needs a sports physical?

Any middle school or high school student who plans to participate in a sport under the Kentucky High School Athletics Association will need a sports physical. You can always get a sports physical. It is better to have one and not have to use it than to miss out on playing.

How often do I have to get a sports physical?

A sports physical form is good for one calendar year. If you have your sports physical done in the spring semester, then it will still be good in the fall of the next school year.

I had a school physical, is that the same thing?

No. The JCPS school physical form is different from the sports physical form. If you need a sports form, then you must ask for it specifically.

When should I have my sports physical?

You should give yourself plenty of time before your physical is due. The doctor’s office gets pretty busy as everyone is getting ready to go back to school, so make your appointment early. Most people don’t think about it at the end of the school year or early summer, which is a great time to beat the rush! Also, if your doctor finds an abnormality then you may need additional work up before you are cleared to play sports, so you want to give yourself plenty of time.

Is there anything I can do to be ready for my sports physical?

The sports physical form is long and has about 60 questions to answer before you see your doctor. You can download your form from the KHSAA Web site prior to your appointment and have it already filled out. If you don’t have a form, ask for it as soon as you get to your doctor’s office. You can fill out the form in the waiting room and it will save you some time once you are brought back to see the doctor.


For further information about UofL Pediatrics, visit the practice website. To learn more about Dr. Felton, visit her physician profile. If you don’t have a pediatrician, we would love to see you in one of our metro Louisville locations. You can request an appointment online, or call (502) 588-6000.

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About Heather Felton, M.D.

Dr. Heather Felton is medical director of UofL Pediatrics – Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre. She is also an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Kentucky Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and Group of Women in Medicine and Science. Her specialty is pediatrics. Dr. Felton’s areas of interest include safety and injury prevention; improving anticipated guidance provided to families during check-ups; and advocating for children’s safety. http://www.uoflphysicians.com/uofl-pediatrics-sam-swope-kosair-charities-centre

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