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By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/09/2014
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ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION INFORMATION

Every Princeton University student-athlete must be approved for participation by a University Health Services (UHS) physician. UHS conducts sports physical exams at the beginning of each academic year. These exams are pre-scheduled.

Students who will participate in intercollegiate sports for the first time at Princeton University must complete and submit the First Year Sports Participation - Athletic Physical Form at the sports physical.

Returning athletes must complete and return the Interim Pre-participation Physical Form to their designated athletic trainer.

For a comprehensive introduction to Athletic Medicine Services for Varsity Student Athletes, please go to http://www.princeton.edu/uhs/student-services/athletic-medicine-service/athletic-medicine-varsity/. This site includes links to on-line health history forms, links to other UHS services, and other important information for student athletes.
 
PRE-PARTICIPATION PHYSICAL EXAMINATION PROCESS
 
In addition to the physician signature required as part of the Medical Permission form in the Matriculation Requirements (www.princeton.edu/uhs/matriculation), all varsity student athletes must have a University Health Services (UHS) / Athletic Medicine physical form and physical completed by (UHS) / Athletic Medicine prior to competition in a varsity competition.A physical from home clearing a student to participate as well as confirmation of sickle cell status is required in order to try out for a varsity sport, and a PPE performed by a UHS physician (in addition to the physical examination required for admission to the University) is required prior to competition.
 
The “PUAM sports physical” includes review of the online First Year Athlete Health History, review of sickle cell status, and a physical examination including an electrocardiogram (ECG).  Student athletes who participate in subsequent years complete an Interim PUAM sports physical which includes a review of the online Interim Health History form, vital signs and follow-up as indicated.  The athlete health history forms as well as additional information for student athlete physicals is available at www.princeton.edu/myuhs. In addition, please note the following requirements:

  • Sickle cell testing or proof of sickle cell status is thus required as part of the sports physical process.
  • Copies of surgical consultations as well as diagnostic test results may be necessary for clearance.  For any significant medical or surgical history, prior to your arrival on campus, please upload records to www.princeton.edu/myuhs (MyUHS) and bring a copy of all pertinent information with you to your PUAM sports physical.

Athletic Medicine hours and appointments (at Caldwell Field House and McCosh Health Center)

Caldwell Fieldhouse (for Athletic Training Services & Team Physician appointments)
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 7:00 p.m., Weekends; by appointment
Call (609) 258-3527 for a doctor's appointment Monday - Thursday 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

McCosh Health Center (for Team Physician's Appointments and other medical services)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Tuesday 10:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Evening hours by appointment only, between 4:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

On-line self-scheduling for some types of appointments available for students at www.princeton.edu/myuhs.  

24-hour urgent care during the academic year
Call (609) 258-5357

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