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Preparticipation Physical Exams

Zeeland High School’s athletic trainers plan an annual pre-participation physical exam night for Zeeland athletes entering grades 6-12. This serves as an affordable option for athletes to receive the annual pre-participation physical exam that is required by the state to participate in athletics. This PPE, however, is not intended to replace a more thorough annual physical provided by your primary-care physician for medical and insurance purposes. The PPE is only intended to provide student-athletes an affordable option to meet MHSAA requirements for athletic participation.

The 2019 Zeeland Pre-participation Physical Exam (PPE) Night was held on April 17th. The event was a huge success with 372 Zeeland student-athletes attending the night. All funds raised from the event will help support athletic training services at Zeeland East and West high schools.

Nights such as these are very much a community effort. Almost 60 members of our community volunteered their time to help at the 2019 PPE night. The Zeeland Athletic Training staff would like to thank these incredible members, and the community organizations they represent, for their support of Zeeland Public Schools and the health and wellbeing of our student-athletes. Please, if you see these individuals around town, thank them for your support of our community and student-athletes.

Angela Kiekover Dave Fenwick Erin Lamb
Kristi Schrotenboer Troy Wieling Julie Mass
Jo Anne Childs Brindy Skinner Megan Wolfenden
Amy Hart Rita Nykamp  


Bruce Stewart, MD Mike Cheek, MD John Swartz, DO
Sara Kane-Smart, MD Richard Howell, MD Ted Kostiuk, MD
Elizabeth Barnes, PA-C Lee Majeski, AGNP-C Brian Willie, PA-C
Chad Smith, PA-C Jessica Kuipers KayLynn Beltman
  Nikolas Yonker  

Phil Waalkes, DO Annica Waalkes, MD

Jason Myers, DO Matt Hilton, DO

Josh Glerum Jeff Carlson Pat DeWitt
Leslie Brookhouse Donna Lyles Zac Geschwendt
Chris Mack Marc VanSoest Jeremy Baum
Biz Geertsma Heather Cook Zack Williams
Jeff Bolhouse Scott Sliva Adam Locker
Sara Mulder Ken Jipping Frank Kazda
Ray Lokers Doug Turkstra Karen Turkstra

Ainsley Alyssa Sergio

Frequently asked questions:
Do I or my child have to attend this night to play sports? No, you do not need to attend but you are required to have a physical every year dated on or after April 15 of the previous year in order to participate in athletics. For example: to participate in the 2018-2019 athletic year, a valid physical would have to have been performed on or after April 15, 2018.

Can athletes attend without parents? Yes. In fact, we ask that parents do not accompany their child through the line in order to cut down on excessive traffic that can congest the building and slow down the overall process. If a previously unknown condition is discovered during the physical, the parent will be notified and the condition explained in detail. The parent will also have the ability to speak with the provider to ask further questions. We in no way want to keep you out of the loop, but we do try to keep the process as streamlined as possible.

What form do I need to bring? Please print the MHSAA PPE physical from the FinalForms website by clicking on the +PPE Medical button next to your child's name from your parent profile. If you are not yet on FinalForms, please go to the FinalForms page under Chix Info for more information on how to sign up.

Who is involved in the PPE process? 
The following people are involved in the Pre-participation Physical Exams:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • School Administrators
  • Coaches
  • Physical Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants

Do the people working get paid? Everyone that is “working” the PPE night is a volunteer. Most of the people have already worked a full day and are willing to help our athletes insure that they are safe to participate in sports.

Does going to this mean I don’t need to see my physician for an annual exam?
The PPE is intended to screen athletes for athletic participation and will catch major issues. However if you are dealing with an ongoing illness or condition you should be seeing your primary care physician. It is also recommended that you maintain your annual well child check with your primary care physician as they know you better and will be sure that immunizations are up to date.

If I attend this night and do not get cleared will I get my money back? 
Unfortunately we cannot give refunds because you were not cleared.

Where is this money used? 
This money is used to support Zeeland Athletic Training services at the high school level.

If I am interested in volunteering my time at the PPE night who should I contact? 
Please contact your school’s athletic trainer.
ZE: Jason Burgess, 616-748-3129,
ZW: Diana Albers, 616-748-4543,
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