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The importance of scheduling your student’s fall sports physical now

The importance of scheduling your student’s fall sports physical now

As the school year approaches, Mount Nittany Health knows that many students are eagerly anticipating the start of the fall sports season. Student-athletes are preparing for grueling preseason practices, games, and competitions to showcase their talent and hard work. But before they can hit the field or track, an important step can’t be missed: the sports physical. Regulated by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), the Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (CIPPE) plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and eligibility of student-athletes.

The primary purpose of the sports physical is to evaluate the student’s overall health and fitness level. This allows the student’s healthcare provider to identify any potential health risks or conditions that could be exacerbated by sports participation. While it may seem like a formality, it is a proactive measure to keep young athletes safe on the field.

According to current PIAA guidelines, a CIPPE may be performed no earlier than June 1st and remains effective until the following May 31st, regardless of when it’s conducted during the school year. A single CIPPE at the start of the school year may suffice for students planning to participate in multiple sports throughout the year.

It’s important not to delay scheduling your student’s physical. Remember, participation is not approved until the CIPPE is completed and all documentation is submitted.

To make this process as smooth as possible for you, you have the flexibility to schedule sports physicals with your child’s primary care provider. If your child is currently a Mount Nittany Health patient, you can visit to make an appointment.

You can also visit Mount Nittany Health ExpressCARE for a physical at your convenience, 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm, no appointment necessary.

Don’t wait, take the necessary steps to ensure your student’s participation in the fall sports season.