The sports physical focuses on your well-being as it relates to playing a sport. Regular checkups are still important for your overall health and well-being. If you plan ahead, your doctor may be able to do both in the same visit. When scheduling your annual visit, mention you need a sports physical and a regular checkup so your doctor can set aside time to do both.
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What are sports physicals?
Sports physicals are usually a part of registering youths for participation in a sport. Organizers generally require an evaluation for children to participate. Regulations vary according to the rules of the respective state, school or a sport’s governing body.
A physical helps to assure that the athlete is healthy and physically ready for their chosen activity such as baseball, football, martial arts, soccer or track. Before registering, check with the organizers about their eligibility requirements. The purpose of the exam is to help minimize the risk of injury while your child plays.
What happens during a sports physical?
Specific requirements can vary according to the particular sport’s organizers or governing body. Your child’s sports physical examination may include:
- Check of blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate and rhythm
- Details regarding dietary supplements, medications or prescriptions for your child
- Evaluation of flexibility, joints, posture and strength
- General physical exam to check the ears, nose, throat, heart, lungs and abdomen
- Height and weight measurement
- Review of the athlete and the family’s medical history
- Vision check