Does Your Child Need a Sports Physical?

high school student preparing for sports physical with provider
A quick and easy sports physical makes sure your child is in good enough shape to play sports.

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
  • Allergies
  • 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:

  • Bloodwork
  • Urinalysis
  • X-rays
  • EKG

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