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    Sports Physicals

    No matter the sport, we're on your team!

    The Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) team is here for your family through every phase of childhood – from caring for your newborn to making sure your student athlete is ready to hit the football field in the fall.

    Sports physicals, also referred to as preparticipation physical evaluations (PPE), help determine if a child is healthy enough to participate in a particular sport. PPEs are required by the Virginia High School League and student athletes are not permitted to try out for a sport without a PPE. Your child's PPE is valid May 1st of the current year until June 30th of the following year.

    PPEs typically last 30 minutes (with additional testing time as needed) and are tailored to increase the safety of sports participation by incorporating:

    • Enhanced medical history intake
    • Prevention tips tailored to the athlete's sport (hydration, overuse injuries, etc.)
    • Screenings for cardiac anomalies that can lead to sudden cardiac death (EKG testing <10 minutes and results are reviewed within 24 hours by a CHoR cardiologist)
    • Screenings for orthopaedic problems that require further management prior to returning to sports
    • ImPACT baseline concussion testing (<25 minutes)
    • Collaboration and referrals to other CHoR specialties (PM&R, orthopaedics, concussion, etc.) as needed


    Call or visit the patient portal today to schedule your student athlete's comprehensive PPE with Dr. Bill Shaw, a fellowship trained sports medicine physician. Get cleared for participation, learn sports related health tips and check out the new Children's Pavilion!

    Appointments: (804) 828-CHOR (2467) 


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