Avoid the Rush: Schedule Your Student’s School and Sports Physicals

Sports physicals

·       Most public middle and high schools require a sports physical prior to the start of the season. 

·       A sports physical usually includes a physical exam and a brief discussion of the student’s medical history.

·       Check with your school for requirements and be sure to bring your school’s form with you when you take your student for a sports physical.

School physicals

·       School physicals and certain immunizations may be required under state law for certain grade levels.

·       A school physical is generally more comprehensive than a sports physical. 

·       Immunization histories and any required immunizations based on your student’s age/grade are included in school physicals.

·       Check with your school and bring the school’s form to your appointment.

Important to Know:

·       Required immunizations are provided at no cost, no deductible, and no coinsurance under each of Advocate’s medical benefit plans when provided by an in-network provider – Advocate Centered EPO, Advocate Centered HMO, PPO.  Important: Advocate Centered HMO - Use your plan network’s primary care physician (PCP) to provide these services.

·       Well-child exams are also provided at no cost under each of Advocate’s medical benefits plans when provided by an in-network provider:

§  If your student has received a well-child exam in 2018, contact your PCP to see if the exam was recent enough to complete the sports and/or school physical forms. 

§  If your child has not completed a well-child exam, schedule an exam and complete the school and/or sports physical forms during this visit.  Important: Advocate Centered HMO - Use your plan network’s primary care physician (PCP) to provide these services.

·       Advocate Clinics at Walgreens offer sports and school physicals.  Your medical benefits plan will be billed for these services; you may incur out-of-pocket costs.

Questions about what your plan covers?

Advocate Benefits Service Center:

800.775.4784, M-F, 8am-6pm

Plan administrators:

Advocate Centered HMO, Advocate Centered EPO/DRP or Humana PPO/DRA
Humana:  888.393.6765, M-F, 7am-7pm

Advocate Centered EPO – BroMenn or Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO/DRA 
Blue Cross Blue Shield, 800.327.8497, M-F, 8am-6pm