Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Sports Physicals
  • Adolescent MedicineTennessee's children rank 30th in the nation for health and well being (2015 Kids Count data).
  • A yearly EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis & Testing), or well-child check up, is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to promote the early diagnosis and treatment of medical problems. 
  • A full EPSDT/well-child checkup is required for athletes entering the 7th and 9th grades prior to sports participation.
  • Doctors, nurse practitioners, and some specially trained public health registered nurses are able to perform this exam.
  • If the school/sport required a sports clearance last year, it will require one this year.  If in doubt, have the student get the well-child checkup/EPSDT.

Process for students:

  1. Go to your doctor.
  2. If you have insurance (private or commercial insurance, TennCare, or CoverKids), then you should have an assigned doctor. If you do not do know who this doctor is, then call your insurance company.
  3. If you do not have insurance, then you should see if you are eligible for TennCare or CoverKids. Information about these programs is available at: or (866) 311-4287.
  4. If you do not have insurance and you do not qualify for TennCare or CoverKids, then you can check with your local health department. Many local health departments offer these services on a sliding scale fee basis.

Last Edited: October 21, 2015