What is a Sports Physical

Sports physicals are usually a part of registering for participation in a sport. Organizers generally require an evaluation to participate. A sports physical helps to assure that the athlete is healthy and physically ready for their chosen activity such as baseball, football, martial arts, soccer or track. 

A sports physical exam is not intended to replace a comprehensive annual wellness exam and other screenings.

Why do children need sports physicals?

Sports physicals help to ensure an athlete can safely play in their chosen sport as required by the state, school or sports organization. Even when it's not mandatory, sports physical exams help to keep vaccinations up to date and provide a chance to discuss any concerns.

What happens during a sports physical?
Specific requirements can vary according to the particular sport's organizers or governing body. Your child's sports physical examination may include:
  • Check of blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate and rhythm
  • Details regarding dietary supplements, medications or prescriptions for your child
  • Evaluation of flexibility, joints, posture and strength
  • General physical exam to check the ears, nose, throat, heart, lungs and abdomen
  • Height and weight measurement
  • Review of the athlete and the family's medical history
  • Vision check
What should I bring to a sports physical?

Guardians are encouraged to bring any forms required by your school or organization. You and your parent/guardian must fill in the necessary fields before your visit.  State specific forms will be available as needed.

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