Health Department conducting sport physicals for student athletes

Blount County Health Department is conducting sports physicals for student athletes at the Blount County Health Department.

This includes student athletes without health insurance in the county primary care clinic. For students with insurance, they will be billed directly and must, in turn, bill the insurance company.

The Tennessee State Board of Education now requires incoming 7th and 9th grade athletes to complete an Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) or well-child exam. The exam has seven components, including health history, behavior and mental health assessment, complete physical exam, individual-specific lab tests, vision and hearing tests, immunizations and “anticipatory guidance” on such things as tobacco, drugs and seat belts.

Student athletes must get the EPSDT done through a primary care physician or a nurse practitioner with the Blount County Health Department. This clearance form is available on the Web at http://health.state.tn.us/sportsphysical.

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