COPA includes a “sports physical” or “doctor’s physical release” with your teen’s annual well-exam. These additional screenings and subsequent report, signed by the doctor, are often required to participate in an athletic activity or recreational camp. OSAA APPROVED SPORTS PHYSICAL FORM
A sports examination that’s included with your annual well-exam is typically covered by most insurance plans. Please check with your insurance payer and COPA prior to scheduling the exam to check on your benefits. A sports examination that is performed outside the annual well-exam schedule is considered an additional provider visit and may not be covered by insurance.
For the “sports physical” portion of the typical well-exam, we perform a musculoskeletal exam along with other important areas most likely to be a potential cause for concern for an athlete. It’s important to see your experienced pediatrician for this type of additional screening, and not a school volunteer or sports trainer. Your COPA doctor will review the teen’s entire medical history in context with the planned sport to ensure the child’s fitness. The additional sports portion of the well exam allows your teen to maintain the relationship with their primary doctor, and to assess the teen’s overall state of health as a preventive measure for their safety.
COPA works with the OSAA to follow their requirements and guidelines for “sports physical” schedules. Call today to schedule your child’s well-exam and complete their pre-sport requirements.
Due to the comprehensive nature of the exam as well as the high demand during the summer months, please plan for more time and flexibility when scheduling and try to make your appointment up to two months in advance. It’s best for your convenience to schedule the exam in Spring and early Summer.
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