All student athletes participating in Idaho high school sponsored sports are required to have a sports physical prior to their freshman and junior years. Physicals help confirm the ability of each athlete to compete in sports and identify potential medical issues.
Since 1980, more than 28,000 in Boise and West Ada District high school student athletes have been screened through the Ada County Sports Physicals screening. Volunteer physicians, PAs, NPs, PTs, and others help provide a low-cost, high quality pre-participation sports physical. Each year, a few students going through the physicals are also identified with a medical issue that was not previously known such as heart, orthopedic, lower abdomen or other issues. Any athlete identified with a medical issue is referred back to their family physician for follow-up. Overall participation in organized sports keeps young athletes physically fit and healthy.
Students are charged $20 each (a fee waived if necessary) and all proceeds go back to participating students' high school athletic training programs. This is made possible by the generous donation of local clinicians and logistical support from the ACMS Foundation.
Thanks to initiation by Ada County Medical Society through the Idaho Medical Association House of Delegates, in 2018 the Idaho State Legislature passed a law allowing for civil immunity for volunteer medical providers from while providing charitable care through a community screening program like high school physicals. Idaho Code Section 39-77