What is a Pre-Participation Evaluation (PPE)?
A pre-participation evaluation, or sports physical, is meant to help maintain the health and safety of athletes. Its purpose is not to exclude a child from sport-related activities, but to make participation safe and to alert the parent/guardian of any health care issues that may arise. Dallas ISD requires an annual Physical Evaluation to participate in any school-sponsored athletics, practices or games.
Under an IRB (internal review board) research protocol, our Full Research Protocol Pre-Participation UIL Physical is completely FREE* and includes: everything in the Standard Physical plus
The Full Research Protocol UIL Physical takes 1 hour to complete and is completely FREE ($5 donation greatly appreciated) for ages 3-19. Consent forms must be signed by parent/guardian prior to student's participation in the research. Due to the lab testing, students must fast for 8 hours before participating in the Full Research Protocol Physical. We will provide light snacks.
All students who participate in our research are de-identified, meaning none of the data collected can be connected to their identity which completely preserves participant privacy.
With your help, we're better defining our children's reference ranges and working to improve health care for children everywhere.
*Though our Full Research Protocol Physical is completely free with no strings attached, a $5 donation is recommended and would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!
Full Research Protocol Physicals are only performed in the ASM office. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please fill out our contact form or call our office at (469) 657-5244.
CBC w/differential, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Lipid Profile, TSH w/ reflex to free T-4, Iron Studies (non-specific test), IBC, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, HGB A1C, Sickle Cell screen (appropriate demographic). Complimentary for the first 100 students per grade year, per gender.
It is well established in the scientific literature that even mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBIs) affect balance; for this reason, tasks involving balance and coordination are commonly used to determine neurological function in sports-related concussion.
The scale defines physical measurements of development based on external primary and secondary sex characteristics, such as the size of the breasts, genitals, testicular volume and development of pubic hair. The complex series of biologic transitions are known as puberty, and these changes may impact psychosocial factors
Accurate ECG interpretation in athletes requires adequate training and an attention to detail to distinguish physiological ECG findings from abnormal ECG findings that might indicate the presence of cardiac pathology. The international consensus standards presented on ECG interpretation and the evaluation of ECG abnormalities serve as an important foundation for improving the quality of cardiovascular care of athletes.
This is performed in order to examine the 'external auditory canal' – the tunnel that leads from the outer ear (pinna) to the eardrum. Inspection of the eardrum can also provide a lot of information about what's happening within the middle ear – the space within the skull where the hearing and balance mechanisms are situated.
The retina is the only portion of the central nervous system visible from the exterior. Likewise the fundus is the only location where vasculature can be visualized. The fundoscopic exam can discover pathological processes otherwise invisible. The data can also be used to stage both diabetes and hypertension.