When it comes to youth sports, the rules and regulations implemented to keep young athletes healthy and safe have changed quite a bit over the years. One thing that has remained the same for as long as I can remember is the good old-fashioned physical. If you plan on playing sports in high school, you're gonna have to get a physical. The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) has a neat opportunity for young athletes to get a physical and raise a little bit of money for their high school at the same time. I'll tell you about that in a minute, but first, here's a little more info about the actual examination.

What is Included in a Sports Physical?

A preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) is pretty standard, really. In most instances, and with most athletes, here is what the doctor will do (according to kidshealth.org)...

  • record your height and weight
  • check your blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm)
  • test your vision
  • check your heart and lungs
  • examine your muscles, bones, and joints

There's one more part of the evaluation, at least for the boys, that I need to mention. The doctor will sometimes check a male patient's testicles for the presence of a hernia - this is the "turn your head and cough" move that you may have heard about. I don't know if it is still done today, but it was done at every one of my physicals back in the day.

Physicals for IHSAA Athletes

Tri-State Orthopaedics is having an open house, of sorts, for PPE's on Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 8am-1pm at their east side office, located at 225 Crosslake Drive in Evansville. The physicals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and that means walk-ins only, no appointments. The cost for the physical is just $10, but here's the really neat part - that $10 goes back to the student's high school. Notice the fine print below that says "No one will be denied a physical if unable to pay." How cool is that? One more added little bonus to the deal is that each student gets a free t-shirt, and everybody loves a free t-shirt.

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