What to Expect at a Child's Sports Physical
By Southwest Children's Clinic
January 05, 2015
Category: Children's Health
Tags: sports physicals  

Before your child can play sports, he or she has to visit Southwest Children's Clinic to have a sports physical completed by a pediatrician in West Jordan, UT. What is a sports physical, why is it necessary and what should a parent expect? Find out everything you need to know about Southwest Children's Clinic sports physicals here.

What are Sports Physicals and Why are They Necessary?

A sports physical is a routine examination that children are frequently required to have before they are allowed to play sports through their school or other community groups. Sports physicals help ensure that children are physically healthy and ready to play sports.

What Should I Expect at My Child's Sports Physical?

Sports physicals at Southwest Children's Clinic have two main parts: the medical history and the physical examination.

Medical History

When you come in to Southwest Children's Clinic, the pediatrician will begin by asking a series of questions about your child's medical history. This helps uncover conditions which may be of concern. Common questions include:

  • Which serious illnesses have you or family members had in the past?
  • Have you ever been hospitalized?
  • Do you have any current or past injuries?
  • Have you ever passed out or felt dizzy during exercise?

Physical Examination

Next, the pediatrician at Southwest Children's Clinic will give your child a physical exam to make sure that he or she is growing up healthy. The doctor (or nurse) will measure your child's height, weight, pulse and blood pressure. The doctor will also check your child's mobility, range of motion, reflexes, vision and vital organs. The exam is fairly simple; the doctor just wants to make sure everything is in order before your child can play.

Where Can My Child Receive a Sports Physical in West Jordan, UT?

Children can have sports physicals done by a qualified pediatrician at Southwest Children's Clinic.