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High School Physicals Screening

All student athletes participating in Idaho high school sponsored sports are required to have a sports physical prior to their freshman and junior years. Physicals help confirm the ability of each athlete to compete in sports and identify potential medical issues.

Idaho High School Athletics Association

It is required all students complete a history and physical examination prior to his/her first 9th and 11th grade practice in the interscholastic (9-12) athletic program in the State of Idaho. The exam is at the expense of the student and may not be taken prior to May 1 of the 8th and 10th grade years. This examination is to be done by a licensed physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner under optimal conditions. Interim history forms are required during the 10th and 12th grade years and must be submitted to the school administration prior to the first practice. 

Physical Examination Forms MUST be signed by a licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. High school sports physicals completed by pharmacies, chiropractor, or other non medically licensed professionals do not meet the IHSAA Standards, although they may meet the standards for club (non-high school sanctioned) sports.

In 2020, due to COVID-19mass physicals screening were not held and athletic trainers recommended that students pursue a pre-participation sports exam with their family medicine or other qualified physician. A pre-participation exam does not replace the recommended annual physicals teens should have.

In 2021, Boise School District will be hosting two evenings of high school physicals. Please check with your high school Athletic Trainer or AD for more information.

      • Boise/Capital - Monday, May 24th, 2021 from 6:00-8:00PM at Boise High School
      • Borah/Timberline - Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 from 6:00-8:00pm at Borah High School

Other Facilities Who Routinely Provide Sports Physicals

St. Luke's Urgent Care

Saint Alphonsus Urgent Care 

Primary Health Medical Group

FMRI Meridian Schools Clinic

Idaho Sports Medicine Institute

Almost all family medicine physicians can complete this form and it's usually possible to wrap it into an annual physical exam. Search our database for local family medicine physicians.

Thanks to initiation by Ada County Medical Society through the Idaho Medical Association House of Delegates, in 2018 the Idaho State Legislature passed a law allowing for civil immunity for volunteer medical providers from while providing charitable care through a community screening program like high school physicals. Idaho Code Section 39-77

What is involved in a typical High School Sports Physical Exam?

These videos were produced to help train physicians in the Idaho standard sports physical exam if they were unfamiliar with it. They may be useful for parents or student athletes to see what is covered and what is not in these exams. They are not complete physicals you would normally do with a family physician, which are highly encouraged.

Heart & Lungs


Spine & Ortho


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