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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.
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.
Other Facilities Who Routinely Provide Sports Physicals
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