Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute


Sports physicals

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Make sure your athlete is ready for the season with our convenient sports physicals

Because sports physicals – also called pre-participation physical exams – are required before students can join a school sports team, your child will need to have one before practices start. You can make this visit easier on yourself and your family when you schedule it at one of our clinics where one of our providers will share the NCHSAA Student-Athlete Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE) and the Preparticiption physical evaluation forms with you.

There are team members at our primary care, family medicine, urgent care and sports medicine clinics who are trained to perform sports physicals. That means no matter where you live in the region, you can easily find a Novant Health clinic that can help your child fulfill this requirement. At times, these checkups can also be included as part of your child’s annual wellness visit.

What is the difference between a sports physical and a well-child visit?

Sports physical are comprehensive medical exams for amateur and professional athletes of all ages required by schools, athletic organizations, and recreational teams prior to athletic participation. Sports physicals are not the equivalent of a well-child check up and do not include required immunizations, age-appropriate health screenings, intellectual & social development assessments or provide age-appropriate information about child development including nutrition, exercise, sleep health, hygiene, and safety. Sports physicals should not replace a child’s annual well-child checkup.

Competitive Edge

During our Competitive Edge sports screening days, sports physicals are free for all middle and high school students at our partner schools. Schools will be assigned to a Novant Health clinic in Huntersville or the Arboretum area of Charlotte. Interested in partnering with Novant Health Sports medicine? Email us