Sports Physical Information
Open Door Adolescent Health Center is proud to be able to complete FREE Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sports physicals for our registered students. You can register for Open Door through the PowerSchool parent portal by completing THESE FORMS.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SPORTS PHYSICALS NEED TO BE REQUESTED AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THE SPORT, OTHERWISE THE PHYSICAL MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR TRY-OUTS.
To request/schedule a sports physical:
- you or your child will need to contact Open Door, located in room O-111, or call 219-873-2082 to request an appointment for a sports physical.
- complete the online Michigan City High School Athletic Permit Form (final forms). You must complete all of the sections. If you answer YES to any of the questions, it will ask you to give an explanation. It is very important that you complete the final forms PRIOR to your child having their sports physical. This helps us identify any health issues the student may have, and lets us know of any family heart health issues. The Nurse Practitioner has access to the final forms for all students via the internet.
Once the sports physical is completed, Open Door will take the original to the Athletic Department and keep a copy on file in the patient's chart.
Question #3 on the PPE is a Patient Health Questionnaire, Version 4 (PHQ-4). It very briefly addresses depression and anxiety. If your child scores ≥3, Open Door Adolescent Health Center will do a separate evaluation for depression AND anxiety and will CONTACT YOU to discuss the results.
There are approximately 22 million teenagers in the United States participating in competitive sports with approximately 7,000 Sudden Cardiac Deaths (SCD) each year. SCD is defined as a non-traumatic, nonviolent, and unexpected death caused by an unknown heart (cardiac) problem in which the 6 hours prior to death the athlete appeared healthy. Most deaths occur between 3 PM and 9 PM and are more common in: boys, African-Americans, football, and basketball players. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SCD.
Electrocardiography (EKG) and echocardiography (Echo’s) are not recommended for everyone as standard screening tools. If your child has any of the warning signs, then an evaluation that includes an EKG and/or Echo may be considered BEFORE they are allowed to participate in sports. The Nurse Practitioner will contact you to discuss any further testing or evaluation that may be considered. The Nurse Practitioner educates all students about Sudden Cardiac Death and the warning signs. You can also find them in the athlete handbook and on the athletic department website.
The 5 warning signs of SCD are:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Chest Discomfort or Pain
- Abnormal Racing Heart Rate
Please be advised that all male patients have to have a hernia check to be cleared to participate in sports. Another adult person must be present during this check, for legal protection for the patient and the provider.
If you have any medical questions, please contact Vicki Overmyer FNP at 219-873-2082
Vicki Overmyer, Family Nurse Practitioner (original draft 3/19/12) (Reviewed and updated 5/12/2022)