If your child is preparing to try-out for or begin playing a sport, you might have some questions about high school sports physicals. You know that your child’s school requires a sports physical each summer before they start a new school year (as well as requiring sports physicals during the year for intra-year activities), but you might be wondering why a sports physical is important, what it entails and where you can get one. What makes a high school sports physical any different from a normal checkup?
A sports physical consists of two parts: a review of your child’s medical history, and a physical exam. During a high school sports physical, a doctor looks for any signs or symptoms that show how your child’s body might react to increased physical activity. The goal is to identify any potential risks, and make sure that your child can play sports in a healthy, happy way. When you plan to take your child to get a sports physical, it’s important that you have as much of their medical history and your family’s medical history on hand. This can help ensure that a doctor is able to give your child a thorough, accurate evaluation. It’s also important that you check out their school’s athletic department website to gather any important paperwork that you’ll need the doctor to fill out at the appointment.
During a sports physical, a doctor will check things such as your child’s height & weight, blood pressure, eyesight, heart, lungs, and abdomen. They can also test how strong or flexible your child is. This will help the doctor identify any specific exercises or activities that your child will need to take extra caution with, especially if they’ve been injured in the past. They can also recommend treatment and exercises to help your child quickly recover from any injuries and safely get back to their sport of choice.
When your child begins playing sports, you want to be sure that you know the difference between changes in their body that occur because of working out new muscles a lot, and changes that occur because of underlying medical conditions. Take a proactive approach to supporting your child’s health and happiness by getting them a high school sports physical before they begin playing sports. When your child gets a sports physical, a doctor can help put your mind at ease by answering any questions you might have about how a particular sport can affect your child’s health and physical development. Come prepared with some questions and don’t be afraid to ask.
If you’re looking for a place to get your child a high school sports physical or have any questions about what you should bring to the appointment, please don’t hesitate to call Urgent & Family Care at 512-733-9400. We’re happy to help you get your child out onto a field or into a gym as soon as possible!