Sports physicals are special screenings in which a pediatrician or family doctor will determine your child’s ability to participate in sports safely. This visit will be somewhat different than a standard physical , so you should still schedule both visits or talk to your pediatrician about combining these screenings into a single trip. It is important to dedicate the time to a sports physical for your young athlete, because this screening will minimize the risk for injuries on the field.
Remain alert to specific health risks
During a sports physical , the doctor will look at your child’s health history and assess his or her vitals, posture, strength, and flexibility. Conditions like asthma, diabetes, or previous orthopedic injuries may raise red flags, but they can be managed effectively with the right preventive approach. Therefore, your child should not worry about not being allowed to participate in a sport because of a preexisting condition.
Get smart training tips
Even if your child is in perfect health, there are some specific training guidelines to keep in mind for safe practices and games. Your doctor will help your child understand the limits of a productive training routine and may even offer some tips tailored to your child’s age, health, and existing athletic abilities.
Clear team requirements
In most school sports teams, sports physicals are a requirement for every player, so your child may not be able to participate in play without a visit to the doctor. It’s important to schedule your child’s visit a few weeks before practice actually starts, since this will allow time to treat any conditions that may hinder participation.
At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, you can find exceptional care for your child or teen. If injuries do still occur after preventive care, our physical and occupational therapists can help your child get back on his or her feet. Learn more about our emergency and rehabilitative care on our website, or call us directly at (702) 233-5437.