We all know the importance of keeping our children and teens fit and active. It’s always a plus when they would rather spend time running and playing outside than watching TV. Plus, participating in activities like school sports is also a great way for your child to socialize and make friends. However, in order to be part of a team, every child must complete a pre-preparation examination (PPE), better known as a sports physical. Sports physicals are required for all children planning to participate in school sports programs, club sports, intermural leagues, as well as those children who are making changing their fitness routines.
What is involved in a Physical?
The sports physical consists of a thorough background of the patient’s medical history and a physical examination. The main purpose of a sports physical is to evaluate overall health and physical well-being and assess injury risk and your child’s current level of fitness. During the sports physical, your doctor will be able to pinpoint any conditions that could affect your child’s physical ability or may cause issues during daily workouts. Sports physicals are intended to determine whether your child is fit and healthy enough for certain physical activities. If any injuries or conditions are discovered during the examination, your doctor will take the appropriate measures to ensure that your child’s condition is properly treated to avoid future complications.
When Should Sports Physicals be completed?
A sports physical should be completed six weeks before the new sports season; however, this can vary a bit, so it’s always best to talk to your child’s coach or physical education instructor before setting up the appointment. Be sure to also bring along your child’s completed health and immunization history.
Once the sports physical is complete, your doctor will stamp any necessary medication that your child needs to play sports, and we will also provide some educational materials on how to keep your child safe and happy while out on the field.