Sports Physical Exams Questions and Answers
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Sports physicals are required for any child or teenager who will be actively participating in sports programs, either through school or as an extracurricular activity.
Your child’s school or the organization that they will be participating through will let you know if the form is required.
The exact age range for when a sports physical can vary by state, region, or athletic association but the need for a sports physical typically starts in middle school and will continue until college.
Sports physicals ensure that the child is not just physically healthy, but that there aren’t any health conditions that would impair their ability to participate in sports. It will also flag any conditions that need to be monitored while participating in physical activity, such as asthma.
A sports physical can be completed through a family doctor, pediatrician, or many urgent care clinics, either as part of an annual well child visit or as a separate appointment.
Physicals, both standard annual physicals and sports physicals, consist of a thorough check of all vital signs and body system functions to ensure that there are no signs of issues.
A physical should be completed annually for children, as part of their well-child visit with their pediatrician or family doctor.
The exact details of the physical will vary based on the doctor, as well as the patient’s overall health and if they have any concerns that need to be addressed.
Some of the vital signs that are checked by the doctor during a physical exam include blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and respiration rate.
They will also listen to the lungs and heart using a stethoscope for any signs of irregularities.
The doctor will also check your head and neck, including the eyes, ears, and throat, and feel for lumps or tender spots on the lymph nodes found on the neck, throat, and jawline.
A physical exam will also typically include a check on your height and weight, testing of the reflexes and an abdominal exam.
If you have any questions about what a physical exam consists of, or want to have something specific checked over, ask your doctor. This is your opportunity to get all of your questions and concerns about your overall health answered.
There are many different kinds of physical exams that all serve a different purpose and will vary slightly from each other.
A school physical is a standard physical exam that all students need to have completed on an annual basis prior to the start of the new school year to check their overall health, as well as their growth and development.
This exam will cover the basics of a person’s health and check all of their vital signs to ensure there are no health conditions that have not been previously diagnosed or addressed.
A sports physical varies slightly from a school physical in that it is more focused on ensuring that the child is healthy enough to participate in moderate to rigorous physical activity.
Due to the additional stress that strenuous physical activity can put on the body, including the heart, lungs, joints and muscles, the sports physical is required to check for any conditions that could impact the health and safety of the child.
Sports physicals can be performed through your child’s pediatrician or family doctor, as well as through many urgent care clinics, such as Walking Urgent Care.
At Walking Urgent Care, no appointment is required as patients are seen on a walk-in first-come, first-served basis.
The level of care and attention received through urgent care will be the same as that received through your family doctor, with the convenience of not having to wait for an appointment.
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