If you have one or more kids who plan on playing sports this fall, either through school or a community league, now is the time to schedule a sports physical if you haven’t done so already. Also referred to as a pre-participation exam (PPE), a sports physical is similar to an annual physical exam, with just a few minor differences. But before your kids put on a jersey, here’s why they need to be seen by a doctor.
Extra Health Attention With Sports Physical
Most teams require paperwork from a health care provider showing that your child is physically cleared to play his or her chosen sport. Some states require these physicals, but even if yours doesn’t, it’s a good idea to have kids checked by a doctor to make sure they are healthy enough to participate safely. Also, this can prevent unforeseen health issues and provide you with peace of mind.
Here’s what to expect during a pre-participation exam:
Questions about current health, medical history and lifestyle habits including:
- Family history
- Chronic illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy
- History of dizziness, fainting, headaches or chest pain
- Vision or hearing problems
- High or low blood pressure
- Past injuries, including sprains, strains, broken bones and concussions
- Previous surgeries or hospitalizations
- Drug, alcohol, nicotine or supplement use
- Eating disorders
- Current medications
Physical exam that includes:
- Measurement of height, weight, pulse and blood pressure
- Exam of heart, lungs, abdomen, ear, nose, throat, vision, neurological functions, joints, flexibility, strength and posture
Schedule an Appointment
Gearing up for the new school and sport season? Schedule a sports physical with our pediatricians to prepare for the new year.
Other tests may be ordered as deemed necessary, such as:
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