A sports physical, known in the medical field as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE), helps to determine whether or not a child (or adult) is physically able to participate in a sport safely. It has a very different focus than the yearly well-child exam and seeks to identify any conditions that might keep the athlete out of the game or affect performance and safety.
Every participant in a school sports team is required to complete a sports physical. Requirements vary by sport. Be sure to bring any forms that will need to be signed or completed by your provider.