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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.

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’s the difference between a sports physical and a well-child visit?

Although sports physicals are important, the overall health of your child goes beyond the factors covered in those exams. The chart below explains what services are included in each of these types of checkups.

Sports physical vs Well-child checkup
Sports physical Well-child checkup
Review of medical history Yes Yes
Measure height and weight Yes Yes
Blood pressure and heart rate check Yes Yes
Check reflexes, coordination, and strength Yes Yes
Vision test Yes Yes
Check ears, nose and throat No Yes
Immunizations No Yes
Age-appropriate health screenings No Yes
Assess intellectual and social development No Yes
Provide age-appropriate information about child development including nutrition, exercise, sleep health, hygiene, and safety No Yes

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, Waxhaw, Monroe or the Arboretum area of Charlotte. Questions? Email us

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