Nebraska state law requires students to have a physical examination before they enter kindergarten and 7th grade or if they are transferring into the state.
If the student participates in school sports, their school may require a sports physical at least one month prior to the start of practice each year. This ensures that the student is capable of playing the sport and helps with safety and avoiding potential risks of participating in the sport.
Physicals include a medical history questionnaire that covers any injuries, illnesses or conditions. The questionnaire also asks about emergency contact information, family history of illness, personal history of illness or injury, diagnosed medical conditions, any history of heart problems, medications, allergies, history of head injury, hospitalizations, immunizations, and (for females) any menstrual cycle irregularities.
“Physicals include a medical history questionnaire that covers any injuries, illnesses or conditions.”
The second part is the examination during which the doctor will check for anything unusual, such as irregular heart rhythm and rate, joint pain or tenderness, curvature of the spine, elevated blood pressure, wheezing, muscle imbalance, vision loss, hearing issues, or problems with reflexes. If there are additional health concerns, a doctor may also conduct blood tests, urinalysis, EKG or echocardiogram, X-ray, MRI, CT scan, bone scan, or muscle strength testing.