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By Southwest Children's Clinic
October 13, 2022
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Having your children be physically active can help improve their overall health and being involved in team sports can be an excellent social experience. But whether they're playing football or are just involved in PE, many schools typically require a sports physical at the beginning of the school year. There are many benefits of getting a sports physical, some of which will be outlined below but you can learn much more by getting in contact with your local West Jordan, UT, pediatricians of Southwest Children's Clinic.

Avoid Complications

A sports physical is a great way to make sure that your child can safely take part in physical activities and sports, and it's often a requirement for taking part in team sports.

But the results of a sports physical aren't necessarily meant to keep your child from taking part in play. In fact, even if your child does suffer from a health condition that can impact their health, learning about it through a sports physical can allow their doctor to manage the condition. Asthma is a good example of this, children with asthma can take part in just about every physical activity like other children, they just require monitoring and medication to manage their symptoms.

Although they are not meant to take the place of traditional checkups, sports physicals can allow your child's doctor an opportunity to check for health conditions like asthma and others, examine them for musculoskeletal issues, and to develop a treatment and management plan as early as possible. Many pediatricians allow for scheduling both the annual screening and sports physical in the same visit if you do it with enough time, so call ahead and find out if this is something your local office offers.

Sports Physicals in West Jordan, UT

If you are interested in sports physicals and live in or near the West Jordan, UT, area you can schedule a visit with Southwest Children's Clinic by dialing (801) 563-1975.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
July 21, 2022
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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.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
October 11, 2021
Category: Children's Sports
Tags: sports physicals  

Keeping your little one safe from sports-related injuries doesn’t have to be challenging.

We all know the benefits of exercise for children and teens. Getting them active and moving can be great for their health, endurance, and confidence, not to mention the benefits of socializing. Of course, it is also our job as your West Jordan, UT, pediatrician to keep little athletes safe both on and off the field through sports physicals and other preventive measures. Learn more by contacting Southwest Children's Clinic.

Gear Up with the Proper Equipment

It’s important that kids wear the appropriate safety gear for their chosen sport and that the gear fits them properly. Safety gear includes everything from knee pads to helmets. Depending on the type of sport your child is playing they may also require special shoes, mouthguards, athletic cups, and additional padding, as well as protective eyewear. Talk with our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians about the type of sports your child is playing so we can recommend the appropriate safety equipment to keep them safe all year long.

Make Sure They’re Training and Conditioning

You wouldn’t let your child go into a test without studying so you also wouldn’t let them jump onto the court or field without training for it first. Your child must undergo the proper preparation and training before the season so that their bodies are geared up and ready for the movement, speed, agility, endurance, and strength that’s required.

Take Time to Warm-Up

Along with training and conditioning, your child should also warm up before game time. Warm-ups should include light cardio such as running or jogging and active stretching to help get the blood flowing and to warm up the muscles so they are limber and ready for activity. Jumping into a game or any athletic activity without warming up can lead to injuries such as strains, sprains, and tears.

Get an Annual Sports Physical

Any child that wants to participate in sports here in West Jordan, UT, will need to turn to our pediatricians for a sports physical. This is the best way to determine if there are any health problems or past injuries that could impact how your child plays or whether they are right for their chosen sport. Sports physicals are necessary for all kids and are often performed once a year before the start of the school year.

Whether you need to schedule a sports physical with our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians or you have questions about your child’s health, diet, or current exercise routine, the team at Southwest Children's Clinic is here to answer all of your questions and to provide comprehensive care. Call us today at (801) 563-1975.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
May 22, 2020
Category: Child Safety

If your child is planning on participating in a school-sponsored athletic activity next year, they'll need a current sports physical on file. You may wonder why, as your child is healthy and not likely to be injured. You may also be wondering how these examinations differ from a regular physical at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT. Here, we discuss the basic schedule of a sports physical and why they're so important.

What happens during a physical?

Your West Jordan pediatrician usually starts the appointment by reviewing your child's medical history, as well as any significant medical issues within your family that may indicate a pattern for chronic conditions. This process also includes going over any medications that your child takes regularly, both prescription and over-the-counter.

The physical examination itself involves documenting height and weight, blood pressure, pulse, and breathing. Your West Jordan pediatrician does this to make sure that your child's heart and lungs are operating properly and not displaying any abnormalities. Sports physicals also ensure that your child is an appropriate height and weight for their age group and that their reflexes, movement, and flexibility are suitable for the sport they're planning on playing. Any necessary vaccines or screenings will be discussed as well.

How does a physical help during a sports season?

Ultimately, a sports physical from your West Jordan pediatrician helps to maximize your child's experience as an athlete. These examinations pinpoint issues that may require some accommodations or treatment plans; examples include eating disorders, previous injuries, or obesity concerns. Although rare, a routine sports physical could also reveal life-threatening issues such as a heart condition. As kids grow rapidly, yearly physicals must be conducted in order to detect any changes.

Staying current with your child's pediatrician is much easier when you're visiting the office once a year for sports physicals. Contact Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, at (801) 563-1975 to make an appointment with one of our caring and skilled providers today!

By Southwest Children's Clinic
June 24, 2019
Category: Children's Sports
Tags: sports physicals  

Sports PhysicalsIf your child wants to start participating in school sports, then chances are good that they need to undergo a sports physical, or pre-participation exam (PPE) before they can participate in any physical activity. From the office of our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians, learn about the importance of sports physicals and what happens during this exam.

More about sports physicals

Here’s why it’s important that every child, no matter their activity level, see their Jordan, UT, pediatrician for their annual sports physical:

  • To ensure safe participation in their chosen sport or activity
  • To reduce the risk for sports-related injuries
  • To identify certain health problems that could affect physical activity (e.g. asthma)
  • To treat conditions that may require long-term medication or care (e.g. heart rhythm disorders)
  • To identify and treat old injuries that could affect future athletic performance
  • To discuss the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle

During this examination, we will look for certain conditions and past injuries that could affect your child’s ability to participate in certain activities. Some of the issues that we look for include,

  • Instability in the ankle or knee
  • Dislocation or fracture
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Fever

What happens during a sports physical?

When your child comes into our office for their annual sports physical, we will have you fill out paperwork in order to detail information about their health, current medications, family medical history, and any health problems or hospitalizations that they’ve undergone.

From there we will also check their vital signs, record their height and weight, and then perform a comprehensive physical exam to check everything from their lungs and ears to their heart and reflexes. If your child is apprehensive about the exam, rest assured that the entire process is completely painless and non-invasive!

Additionally, this is a great time to ask us any questions or address any concerns that you might have. Our goal is to help your child lead a healthier life, whether that’s by recommending certain dietary changes or by providing advice on how to help your child avoid alcohol and drugs.

Give us a call

Here at Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT, your child’s health and safety are of the utmost importance. Don’t wait until the beginning of the school year to schedule your child’s sports physicals—schedule your child’s upcoming sports physical today by dialing (801) 563-1975.