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Does one get drug tested for sports physicals in highschool?
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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Very few
Drug testing is used as a deterrent to using, and only a few public high schools require a drug test as part of a physical exam. As they will only be testing for illegal drugs, not prescriptions, we all hope as an athlete you would not be positive.
Get help if you are and need help stopping so you will be available for heathy pursuits.

In brief: Very few
Drug testing is used as a deterrent to using, and only a few public high schools require a drug test as part of a physical exam. As they will only be testing for illegal drugs, not prescriptions, we all hope as an athlete you would not be positive.
Get help if you are and need help stopping so you will be available for heathy pursuits.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Dr. Gregg Albers
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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Generally, No
As part of the recommended sports physical, drug testing is not done.
A urine test may be obtained, but it is testing for blood, sugar, protein, etc. However, some schools require drug testing for participants in extra-curricular activities (sports, band, etc.). That is a local issue and, generally, the physician doing the exam is not a participant in the drug screen nor privy to the results.

In brief: Generally, No
As part of the recommended sports physical, drug testing is not done.
A urine test may be obtained, but it is testing for blood, sugar, protein, etc. However, some schools require drug testing for participants in extra-curricular activities (sports, band, etc.). That is a local issue and, generally, the physician doing the exam is not a participant in the drug screen nor privy to the results.
Dr. James Eitner
Dr. James Eitner
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
In brief: Rarely
It is rare for a sports physical to include drug testing.
It does concern me that this is your question. Seek private and confidential help if you or someone you care about are using any drugs, as now is the time to address the matter.

In brief: Rarely
It is rare for a sports physical to include drug testing.
It does concern me that this is your question. Seek private and confidential help if you or someone you care about are using any drugs, as now is the time to address the matter.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: Usually not!
Drug testing looks at recreational drugs, as well as performance enhancing drugs.
Neither are good for a young athlete, or for the idea of "true" competition.

In brief: Usually not!
Drug testing looks at recreational drugs, as well as performance enhancing drugs.
Neither are good for a young athlete, or for the idea of "true" competition.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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