It is recommend that Vermont students competing in middle or high school sports receive a “Well Exam” prior to playing school sports. A Well Exam is a complete, research-based, specific type of exam developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Current data indicates that approximately 55% of adolescents in Vermont receive an annual Well Exam.
Well Exams address all aspects of child’s health including their physical, social, and emotional well-being. They are an opportunity to provide individualized education and prevention information by a medical provider. Well Exams identify, diagnose, and treat medical problems early in a child’s life. Early identification can lead to improved health outcomes, and ideally, prevent future medical problems later on in life. The Well Exam provides consistent care by the child’s medical provider.
With half of Vermont’s adolescents playing competitive sports that currently require some sort of “sports physical”, this is an opportune time to promote evaluating our student athletes total health. This recommendation is supported by the Vermont Principals’ Association, the Vermont Departments of Health and Education, the Vermont Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Family Physicians, and the Vermont State School Nurses’ Association.
“Well Exam – Sports Participation Clearance Form”, has been reviewed by the entities listed above. The actual medical screening components to determine eligibility to participate in school sports were developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.