Why Does My Child Need a Sports Physical?

Fall sports are nearly here, which means it’s time for your child to undergo a sports physical! A sports physical is different from a school physical: while a school examination is a measure of general health, a sports physical checks to make sure your child is physically healthy enough to participate in competitive athletics without a drastic increase in injury risk. This exam should take place prior to the first practice of the season, though some leagues and school districts may require to have a recent copy on file before tryouts.

During the Sports Physical

There are two parts to a sports physical. Your physician will go over your child’s medical history including previous injuries and the recovery process. After completing the medical history, the doctor will perform a physical examination to detect unresolved or previously undetected issues that can impact your level of play.

Medical History

Your physician will ask questions and details about illnesses and conditions that may still affect you including diabetes, epilepsy and asthma, asking about episodes or hospitalizations that may have stemmed from symptoms. Any instance of serious illness throughout your family may also be discussed. If you have a history of allergies, you will need to provide a list of allergens and medications you are on to keep symptoms under control. If you previous experienced a sprain or fracture, your doctor will ask about the recovery process and any pain you have felt in the area since, checking to make sure it healed properly.

Physical Examination

After recording your height and weight and taking your blood pressure, your physician will perform a standard physical to check your flexibility, posture and reflexes. Your hearing and vision will be checked and your heart and lungs will be checked with a stethoscope for proper function. If you are recovering from a recent injury, your progress will be checked to make sure you are healing correctly, without major issues that can affect your motion or coordination.

Treatment for Existing Conditions & Injuries

If you have a pre-existing injury or condition that can affect your ability to participate in athletic activity, AFC Urgent Care West Orange will be able to provide necessary treatment or refer you to a specialist or PCP as needed.

Sports Physicals in West Orange, NJ

If you are in need of a physical before your athletic season begins, visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange today! We accept walk-in patients seven days a week, including during our convenient evening and weekend hours. For more information, please call 973-669-5900.

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