As snow continues to fall, it can often feel like there is no end in sight to winter. Days of cold, snow, and gray skies can really do a number on how you feel. These feelings can often become overwhelming, to the point where you may feel like you are experiencing more than just the winter blues.
When Dr. David Gumucio provides medical care for young families, he’s working from personal experience. Dr. Gumucio, D.O. learned plenty of useful skills while receiving his doctorate and completing his family medicine residency, but his experience as a husband and a father allows him to relate to the young parents seeking medical advice for their children.
As a family practice physician at Westshore’s Rocky River location, Dr. Gumucio is committed to providing passionate and comprehensive care for all of his patients. He started with Westshore in July of 2014, something the avid sports fan always remembers as it coincided with LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, his informal medical education goes back to his own childhood.
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Before every professional athlete became a star, he or she was just a kid playing sports. There is a long road for your children to become champions, and it all starts with getting them properly prepared to play sports and, most importantly, to have fun.
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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.
- Search for your school
- Register for an account
- Complete the questionnaire
- Print your documentation
- 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.
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