Sports are a meaningful and memorable part of youth. They can teach valuable lessons about teamwork, attitude, discipline, and how to win and lose with class. It is important, however, to make sure that your child is healthy enough to compete in sports before they join a league. Many states require that children are subjected to a sports evaluation before allowing them to begin the season. Even if your state does not require a sports evaluation, we recommend that every child get checked out by a pediatrician before competitive physical activity.
What is a Sports Physical?
A sports physical or sports evaluation consists of an oral medical history and a physical examination. Medical history questions can include exploration of the child’s family history, including questions about serious illness in family members, any increased risk for early cardiac disease, previous hospitalizations, previous surgeries, injuries, allergies, medications, and more.
Your sports evaluation may include questions about whether or not your child has ever felt dizzy, had seizures, thrown up after physical exertion, had a concussion, had a bone fracture, or passed out. These questions can help your pediatrician determine how much physical exertion is the right amount for your child.
The medical history of cardiac arrhythmias and early cardiac disease in family members is important for your physician to know. This will help your doctor determine if further testing is needed to exclude these serious conditions in young athletes.
We encourage parents to give us the most accurate information they can, and not just to tell your doctor what you think they want to hear. Sports Evaluations can identify conditions that may be life threatening if ignored.
The physical exam portion of a sports examination usually includes the measurement of height, weight, blood pressure, and vision. Additional tests may be administered for proper functioning of the heart, lungs, kidneys, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat. A proper assessment of overall musculoskeletal health will be administered to minimize the possibility of injury.
If you need to schedule a sports physical for your child, please call our office to schedule an appointment. Prior to the appointment, please download the Sports Physical form below. Please fill out the top portion of the form (Family Medical History, Athlete’s Orthopaedic history, and Athlete Medical History) and bring the form with you to your appointment.