It’s that time of year for middle school and high school athletes to get a sports physical before the coming year of athletic pursuits. Now is the best time to contact your primary care provider for this consultation. Did you know that Dr. Rob Amrine at Missoula Bone & Joint is a primary care sports medicine physician. Dr. Amrine offers a thorough sports physical for school athletes. He spends time with the athlete, completing a physical evaluation, but he also educates them on the social challenges of being an athlete. Please keep in mind that the sports physical offered by Dr. Amrine should not replace your ‘well child’ visit that assesses other health conditions not related to sports, vaccinations etc.
Getting a sports physical every year may seem repetitive and an inconvenience of time and money. The truth is, it is set in place to protect our young athletes and keep them safe in the playing arena. It is important that you choose a primary care provider that you trust to give a thorough examination.
2 parts to a Sports Physical
- Family Medical History – Looking at patterns of illness in your family can give important information about what you may encounter during your sporting endeavors. Please take time to answer the questions carefully on this Montana High School Pre-participation exam form, and bring the completed form with you to your appointment. You can be honest because it’s unlikely that your answers will prevent you from playing your sports.
- Physical Examination – Come prepared to talk to your doctor about ongoing or recent pain or symptoms that you’re experiencing or any other health concerns you might have. Your doctor can help you navigate ways for you to become a stronger athlete and give you ideas for avoiding injuries.
Insurance or self-pay
Please call your health insurance carrier to verify your benefits regarding a sports physical, especially if your child has or is also scheduled for a well-child visit with their PCP (Primary Care Physician). Missoula Bone & Joint also offers a self-pay option for a sports physical with Dr. Amrine.
Scheduling an appointment
If you have questions about the Sports Physical (PPE) please contact your school’s Athletic Trainer or Dr. Amrine’s assistant, Becca, at (406) 532-8783.
Don’t wait, schedule your sports physical at Missoula Bone and Joint today (406)721-4436.