Comparison of the Adolescent Well Care Visit and Pre-participation Physical Evaluation

Source: Oregon Health Authority
Date Published: 2017

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This publication emphasizes that schools and providers should encourage student athletes to complete both Adolescent Well Visits and Sports Physicals, as there is enough overlap between the two methods that a health care provider could complete both assessments at the same time. The report provides points of comparison to maximize coordination in parental involvement, the health information sought during a pre-visit questionnaire, and the physical exam. It shares recommendations for providers on modifying either type of examination to include elements of both. This coordination will help limit a student’s absence from school and sports, and will ensure exams cover all aspects of a student’s health during an Adolescent Well Care visit or sports physical.

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