What is a Sports Physical?
A sports physical -- also known as a pre-participation physical exam -- is a check-up to assess a teen's health and fitness as it relates to a sport.
Playing on a community or school sports team is a great way for youth to stay in shape and learn teamwork. Sports physicals typically start in middle school and go through high school. No matter which sport your teen plays, whether it's soccer, football, baseball, track, or martial arts, there's always a risk of getting hurt. The casualties of teen sports can range from minor sprained ankles and repetitive strains, to more serious conditions like heat stroke or concussion. Some kids have serious allergic reactions to bees and other stinging insects found around playing fields. To avoid getting hurt or sick on the field, court, and track, teens need to be prepared. That preparation starts with a sports physical to make sure their bodies are ready and that there isn't a family history or past medical history that requires further attention.
What Should I Expect During the Physical?
During the sports physical, one of the doctors will look for any diseases or injuries that could make it unsafe to participate in sports by reviewing the family's medical history to ensure additional tests are performed if necessary. They will then perform a physical examination to test your blood pressure, vision, heart, lungs, ears, nose, and throat. We will also evaluate your posture, joints, strength and flexibility.
Do I Need a Sports Physical, and Why?
How Should I Prepare for the Physical?
Accompanied by a guardian or parent, come 15 minutes early to your appointment to fill out the required paperwork. If given paperwork from the institution you are playing for, bring that for the doctor to sign as well. The appointment will take approximately 20-25 minutes long. Come prepared with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health to discuss at the time.