Children Sports Physicals: What To Expect
By Southwest Children's Clinic
July 21, 2022
Tags: sports physicals  

Gear up for another great sports season with a sports physical.

While we’re still in the middle of summer, we think this is actually the perfect time to talk about sports physicals. If your child is going to play sports this coming fall, you’ll want to make sure you have scheduled sports physicals with our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians. Your child should get their sports physical about six weeks before the season begins.

Chances are good that your child has already undergone sports physicals with us before; however, just in case it is the first time or the first time with our West Jordan, UT, team, we want to make sure you know what to expect.

Check and Record Vitals

First, we will check your child’s vital signs, including temperature, pulse and blood pressure. Don’t worry; this is completely painless and non-invasive. We will also chart your child’s height and weight.

Go Through Medical History

It is our job to understand as much about your child’s medical history as possible so that we can provide the best, personalized care possible. The forms parents fill out will give us detailed information on everything from what medications your child is currently taking to previous surgeries and hospitalizations or any preexisting health conditions. We will also ask family history questions to understand your child's possible health-related risk factors.

Perform a Physical Examination

This is what most people think of when they think of a sports physical. This comprehensive physical evaluation allows our team to assess all parts of the body, assessing the strength, durability, flexibility and range of motion of the joints, ligaments, muscles and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. We will also check the eyes, nose, ear, throat, lungs, heart and abdomen. While this is a detailed and extensive exam, it is also painless and non-invasive.

What if my child doesn’t pass their sports physical?

While rare, there are several reasons our pediatricians may deem a child unfit for a particular sport. We know this can be upsetting news, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that your child will never be able to play sports again. One reason a child may not pass a sports physical is that we’ve detected a health condition that could make playing certain sports more dangerous.

It often means that we first want to gain control over a health problem such as untreated asthma so they can have a safe and fun sports season. We may also recommend that they turn to a specialist to manage preexisting health problems that may require more specialized care.

Southwest Children's Clinic provides comprehensive pediatric care to children and teens throughout West Jordan, UT. Call (801) 563-1975 to schedule a sports physical for your little athlete.