Summer Ideal Time for Annual School Physicals

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Summer is an ideal time to schedule those school-required sport physicals.

"Children shouldn't wait until the week before school for their pre-participation physical exam. That doesn't allow time for a problem to be corrected or rehabilitated if it is detected," said Dr. Julie Jones of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. As a bonus, students don't run the risk of overbooked doctor's offices and last-minute panic.


A pre-participation physical exam (PPE) serves three purposes:

  • To detect conditions that might predispose the student to injury or illness during competition;

  • To detect conditions that might be life-threatening or disabling and might limit an athlete's safe participation;

  • To meet legal and insurance requirements of the state or school.