Sports Medicine: Athletic Physicals

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All students wishing to participate in varsity or junior varsity intercollegiate athletics or ACHA hockey must pass an annual pre-participation physical exam and provide proof of current health insurance prior to any team participation, including tryouts or non-traditional seasons. This physical examination must be provided by Dr. Edwin Kornoelje, Calvin College Team Physician. Physicals are completed in the athletic training room prior to the beginning of each sport’s season.

Approval for participation is based upon a satisfactory physical examination and a thorough review of the prospective student-athlete’s medical history. The final decision on physical qualification or disqualification is solely the responsibility of the Calvin College Team Physician. Additionally, the team physician has the final authority regarding participation subsequent to an injury or illness.

New student-athletes & transfers

All prospective student-athletes must complete a thorough physical examination with Calvin College’s Team Physician prior to the start of his/her competitive season. There will be a $15 charge assessed to your campus miscellaneous account to cover the cost of the physical. Make sure your coach has your updated contact information, including your Calvin College email address and phone number. You will be receiving an email with information and a link to sign up for a physical. Please check your email regularly for information. If you are unable to be present during your team’s scheduled physical time or have questions about physicals & paperwork, please contact

If you have had surgery in the past twelve months or have a medical condition that may impact your participation status, please contact us immediately so that we can secure the necessary paperwork and/or testing that will be necessary to receive clearance for participation. This will ensure that you will not have to be held out of practices or competition while waiting for clearance.

When you report for your physical, please bring the following:

Schedule for new student-athlete physicals

Friday, August 18, 2017 – 12:00 pm
Emphasis on soccer, volleyball, and women's golf
August 18 Registration

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 9:00 am
Emphasis on cross country
August 22 Registration

Monday, August 28, 2017 – 4:00 pm
Emphasis on men's golf
August 28 Registration

Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 
Emphasis on 
August 31 Registration

Monday, September 11, 2017 – 4
Emphasis on 
September 11 Registration


Returning student-athletes

All returning student-athletes must complete a follow-up physical examination annually prior to returning to participation in their sport. These follow-up physicals will be available in the athletic training room after you return to campus. You do NOT need to call and schedule an appointment; rather, please report to the athletic training room during your team’s time slot listed below:

Schedule for returning student-athletes

Team 2017-18 Time
Men's Soccer
Friday, August 18
12:00 pm
Women's Soccer
Friday, August 18
1:00 pm
Women's Golf Friday, August 18 1:00 pm
Volleyball Friday, August 18 2:00 pm
Men's Cross Country
Tuesday, August 22
9:00 am
Women's Cross Country Tuesday, August 22 9:30 am
Men's Golf Monday, August 28
4:00 pm
Men's Tennis Friday, September 1 1:00 pm
JV M Soccer, M Lacrosse, W Tennis
Tuesday, September 5 9:00 am
ACHA Ice Hockey Tuesday, September 5 10:00 am
Baseball Tuesday, September 5
11:00 am
Men's Track & Field
Wednesday, September 6
9:00 am
Women's Track & Field
Wednesday, September 6
10:00 am 
Softball Wednesday, September 6 11:00 am
Women's Lacrosse Thursday, September 7 9:00 am
Men's Swimming & Diving Thursday, September 7 10:00 am
Women's Swimming & Diving Thursday, September 7 11:00 am
Men's Basketball Friday, September 8 10:00 am
Women's Basketball Friday, September 8 11:00 am


When you report for your physical, please bring the following:

If your insurance has changed, if you or your parents/guardians have moved or changed contact information, or if you have experienced significant injury/illness since your last participation in intercollegiate athletics at Calvin College, please bring that information with you at that time.

Guidelines for student-athletes with ADHD taking prescribed stimulants

On August 1, 2009, the NCAA began requiring stricter documentation procedures for student-athletes seeking a medical exception to allow the regular use of a medication that contains a banned substance. A major aspect of these new regulations includes drugs which are commonly prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall and Ritalin, which are stimulants containing substances currently banned by the NCAA. The NCAA bans stimulants, not only because they may enhance athletic performance, but because they may pose a health risk by potentially contributing to heat illness or placing additional stress on the heart.

However, in cases where these drugs are necessary, a medical exception for a positive drug test can be granted. As such, Calvin College (per NCAA regulations) requires documentation that confirms that the student-athlete has undergone a clinical evaluation to diagnose the disorder, is being monitored routinely for the use of the stimulant medication, and has a current prescription on file.

Student-athlete document responsibility

The student-athlete’s documentation from the prescribing physician to the sports medicine staff should contain a minimum of the following information to help ensure that ADHD has been diagnosed and is being managed appropriately.

  • Adult ADHD Evaluation Summary (PDF)
  • Description of the evaluation process which identifies the assessment tools and procedures
  • Statement of the diagnosis, including when it was confirmed
  • History of ADHD treatment (previous/ongoing)
  • Statement that a non-banned ADHD alternative has been considered if a stimulant is currently prescribed.
  • Statement regarding follow-up and monitoring visits.
  • Copy of the most recent prescription (as documented by the prescribing physician).

If you have previously been diagnosed with ADHD and feel that you may need or benefit from academic accommodations here at Calvin, we recommend contacting the Center for Student Success, Disability Services at (616) 526-6113.