What’s Done During a Sports Physical

GirlsSoccer.jpgThese days most states require a physical each year for any student who plays sports. This exam is simply to ensure every student is healthy enough to play sports. A doctor may also offer useful training tips and advice on how to avoid injuries, such as certain exercises and stretching activities, during the exam. So what should your child expect during his or her sports physical? 

  • Medical History: In order to be certain your child is healthy enough to play sports in the year ahead, the doctor will need to know about any serious illnesses within the family, recent surgeries or hospitalizations, allergies, injuries, medications and if your child has experienced recent chest pains, difficulty breathing or lightheadedness. Knowing what your child may be at risk of illness- or injury-wise is important.
  • Physical Exam: A doctor will record his or her height and weight then check blood pressure, vision, heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose and throat. Posture, joints, strength and flexibility should also be evaluated.
  • General Questions: A doctor will want to know about the use of any drugs, alcohol or dietary supplements and may also ask gender specific questions regarding diet, puberty, etc.
  • Post Exam: After the exam is over, the doctor will fill out a form giving your child the OK to play. If there are any concerns, a follow-up exam may be recommended before the consent form is signed.
  • Where to Go: While some schools will offer sports physical on location, many do not. If your child’s school does not offer sports physicals, consider some place like Denton Regional Urgent Care. At an urgent care center, your child will see a fully-trained medical professional and will be in and out quickly.

To set up your child’s sports physical, contact Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient, extended hours, so your child will be back to playing sports again in no time.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.