In order to participate in any organized sport in middle school, high school and summer camp, young athletes are usually required to take a Pre-preparation physical exam (or PPE). The purpose of this test is to identify any risk of further injury or illness associated with the test taker.

Before performing the tests, a physician may ask for the athlete’ medical history and any current condition. This information should be provided by both the athlete and parents. The physical exam components may include:

  • Height and weight
  • Eyes, ears, nose, throat
  • Lungs
  • Abdomen
  • Skin
  • Cardiovascular
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurologic (if the athlete suffered from concussions in the past)

Identifying athletes at risk of injury or sudden death is very important to ensure safety of these athletes on and off the field. If you have a young athlete in need of a PPE, you can visit our AFC Urgent Care Swampscott facilities, no appointment needed. For more information regarding the PPE or other services, contact us at (781) 691-9366.