Sport & School Physicals Specialist

Diana Fibison, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in Glen Rock, NJ

Every year, millions of children go to school and participate in sports activities. Diana Fibison, MD, provides physicals at Sovereign Medical Group in Oradell, New Jersey, so children can show up to school healthy and take part in the sports they love. To get a physical for your child, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Sport & School Physicals Q & A

When does my child need a school physical?

New Jersey schools require proof of a physical exam when children begin school for the first time. Your child's school will provide medical forms to bring to Dr. Fibison.

What is included in a school physical?

Dr. Fibison will evaluate all aspects of your child's health during their school physical. First, she’ll review your child’s family medical history and their individual health history. Then, Dr. Fibison will check all of your child's essential systems, including their eyesight, heartbeat, and blood pressure to their verify health.

Vaccinations may also be part of a school physical. The state of New Jersey requires vaccinations, including:

  • Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus
  • Influenza
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hib

Although exemptions based on religion are possible, nearly all children in New Jersey must have the above vaccinations before attending school.

When does my child need a sports physical?

School sports teams require children in grades 6-12 to have a sports physical before they can participate in sports, as mandated by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Both school sports teams and nonschool sports teams generally require these exams, because the exams verify that your child is healthy enough to participate.

What is included in a sports physical?

Sports physicals are different from school physicals in that sports physicals focus on suitability for sports participation, whereas school physicals focus on overall health and wellness.

First, Dr. Fibison will review your child’s family health history and then their individual health history. Then, Dr. Fibison will check your child's vital systems to screen for possible heart issues, breathing issues, or other problems that could prevent them from participating in sports activities. Additionally, Dr. Fibison can talk with your child about injury prevention and the importance of using safety equipment and eating a healthy diet.

How long are sports or school physical exam results valid?

According to New Jersey law, sports and school physical exam results are valid for 365 days from the date of the original exam. You’re responsible for delivering the completed sports or school physical form to your child’s school before school starts or before sports programs begin.

Book an appointment online or over the phone with Diana Fibison, MD today to get a school or sports physical for your child.