Sports Physical Services for Kids
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Why are Sports Physicals or Annual Physicals Required?
Sports physicals are often required when kids are preparing for their upcoming sports season. The goal of these physicals not only acts as a “history form” of the child’s medical health but also an updated test of your child’s ability to safely play his or her chosen sport.
The school and sports program your student athlete will be participating in will often provide the sports physical to be completed by someone within the health field. These documents are good for the entire school year.
Some sports may request additional health documentation including immunization records. The specifics of what is required can vary between programs, states, and schools; therefore, talk with each respective program before bringing your student-athlete in for the appointment.
What is Expected When Getting a Sports Physical?
When it comes to the sports physical exam, the main purpose is to gather information on your child or teen’s overall health and relevant medical history.
The beginning of the exam typically includes questions to examine the following:
- Family history of serious illnesses
- Current illnesses (e.g., asthma or diabetes)
- History of hospitalizations or surgeries
- Allergies (e.g., insect bites or medications)
- Past injuries or complications (e.g., passing out during a certain activity, concussion, or fracture)
- Current medications (includes over-the-counter medications, botanical products, and prescribed medications)
During the physical examination, the healthcare provider will typically:
- Document weight and height
- Retrieve blood pressure and pulse
- Test your child or teen’s vision
- Physically check the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
- Evaluate your child or teen’s posture, joints, strength, and flexibility
Although most sports physicals are the same for males and females, the healthcare provider may ask girls and boys different questions regarding puberty. Additionally, your provider may ask about the use of drugs, alcohol, dietary supplements, or weight-loss supplements. These supplements can affect a person’s overall health and ability.
At the end of the exam, the provider will complete the form. If needed, they will recommend any other additional exams, information, or tests.