Get Your Ohio Sports Physicals Early

Get your sports physicals early. Westshore has multiple locations with family physicians able to complete high school sports physicals. Image of boys high school soccer player from Hudson Ohio licensed CC BY 2.0

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) requires that all Ohio student-athletes are eligible, complete the pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) form, and visit the doctor for a routine physical exam. 

So while you are relaxing this summer, make an appointment for your student to get this part of the process completed early. 

We list the four important steps in the process for your child to play sports in schools in Ohio.

How to Get Your Child’s Ohio School Sports Physical 

1. Make sure your student is eligible to play.

Go over the eligibility checklist for your student's school level: 

You’ll notice both checklists stress concussion education and awareness.  

Optional: Complete the Free Course on Concussions in Sports 

Required: Review and sign the Ohio Department of Health’s Concussion Information Sheet [PDF] 

For more information about eligibility, visit the OHSAA Student-Athlete Eligibility page 

2. Complete the pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) with your student online or on paper. 

Schools need health information about your student to evaluate his/her ability to participate in organized sports or physical education classes. The information will not be used for any other purpose unless you sign another authorization form permitting such additional use. 

Do you have questions about the OHSAA consent form? 

Check out the OHSAA Frequently Asked Questions for parents.

When completing the PPE, have the following information ready: 

  • Family medical history
  • Personal medical history
  • Immunizations/ Allergies/ Medications
  • Primary Health Insurance Information

Complete the PPE Online 

Follow these steps to complete your PrivIT Electronic Pre-Participation Evaluation (e-PPE). Learn more about PrivIT e-PPE

  1. Search for your school
  2. Register for an account 
  3. Complete the questionnaire 
  4. Print your documentation
  5. Complete physical exam

Or Complete the PPE on Paper

Print the Pre-Participation Physical Examination Form 2017-2018 [PDF] and complete the six-page questionnaire with your student prior to visiting the doctor for the physical exam. 

3. Make an appointment with your doctor for a physical exam.

4. Bring the completed PPE form with you to your physical exam. 

We wish you and your student-athlete a healthy, successful sports season! 

Don’t have a primary care or family physician? 

Westshore Primary Care has multiple locations and weekend hours. Call us today to schedule your sports physical appointment 440-892-6424. 

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

Photo Credit: "Hudson Soccer 2013” by K.M. Klemencic is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Sunscreen: What to Buy & What to Avoid

Are your kids heading out to play with friends? Or are you going on a vacation to the beach? Both of these situations require proper sun protection.

Since July is UV Safety month, we wanted to share some advice about sunscreen, how it works, and what to look for when you’re buying the next bottle for your family. 

July is national UV safety month. Westshore provides sunscreen tips to help prevent skin cancer. Learn more. Image of bottles of sunscreen licensed under CC BY 2.0

Remember: Always take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day! 

Who Should Wear Sunscreen?

People of all skin colors can get skin cancer from the sun’s UV rays. But you are more likely to develop cancer from UV rays if you have

  • Lighter natural skin color
  • Skin that burns, freckles, gets red easily, or becomes painful from the sun
  • Blonde or red hair
  • Blue or green eyes
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • A job where you spend a lot of time outdoors

How Sunscreen Works

The FDA shared this video a few years ago, but the information is still relevant. Remember to follow the application instructions on the bottle, because sunscreen wears off.


Vitamin D Deficiency: The Hidden Epidemic

Image of the sun and a statue of the thinker at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio. The sun is one of two sources of vitamin D. Learn the risks associated with vitamin D deficiency in this blog by Westshore Primary Care.

It is now known that we have a nationwide epidemic among all age groups: Vitamin D deficiency. 

Studies over the last 10 years have conclusively shown that large populations of individuals in the United States do not receive enough Vitamin D

The statistics are sobering: Vitamin D deficiency has associations with:

  • Juvenile Onset Diabetes
  • Immune dysfunction, such as your ability to fight the flu or your response to infections
  • Rickets, a bone softening disease in children
  • Stress fractures in adolescents
  • Heart attacks
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cancers in adults


July is UV Safety Month

The schools are out. The pools are open. And the sun’s shining. Yes, summer is officially here!

With the hot weather and the strong sun rays, we wanted to remind you about the importance of UV safety for you and your family. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer, and can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin. 

July is national UV safety month. Westshore Primary care shares skin cancer prevention tips for your family. Learn more. Image of child wearing a hat with sunscreen on his nose licensed CC BY-ND 2.0

UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month, so take time to spread awareness to your friends and families about skin cancer and how to prevent it. 

Skin Cancer Facts 

  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
  • The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50.
  • People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent

For a full list of skin cancer facts, and a list of references, visit

ABCDEs of Skin Cancer Warning Signs

During your monthly self-exam, keep an eye out for moles with these ABCDEs of suspicious traits: