Prep for a Winning Season with a Sports Physical
August 22, 2022
Sports physicals help ensure that your child is prepared to endure the stresses of their favorite sport. This checkup can help you learn how to handle any health issues, such as asthma, that might interfere with your child’s ability to play a specific sport. It can also help prevent sports-related injuries.
Try to make an appointment at least six weeks before the season begins so that you have time to address any problems. If possible, combine it with their well-child visit.
Here’s what you and your little athlete can expect from a sports physical:
1. Review of Medical History
You will first be asked to complete a medical history form. This will include your family’s history of disease, any illnesses or injuries your child has experienced and any medications they’re taking. The healthcare provider will then discuss this information with you.
2. Mental Health Check-In
Sports-related pressure can lead to stress, anxiety, depression and other issues. The provider will ask specific questions to assess your child’s mental health. The doctor’s office is a safe and private place for your child to open up about any struggles.
3. Physical Exam
The healthcare provider will conduct a basic physical exam, which may include:
- Recording height and weight.
- Taking blood pressure.
- Checking the heart, lungs and stomach area.
- Conducting a vision and hearing test.
- Testing strength and flexibility.
Your child’s provider may also ask about diet and nutrition, training programs and how your child feels about participating in the sport.
At the exam, encourage your child to ask questions. The healthier your athlete is before starting play, the better their performance will be.