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Get your Physical...Physicals!

Katherine Lemon, MD Katherine Lemon, MD July 30, 2013 0 Comments Family Medicine

When was the last time your child had a sports physical? If you have to think about it, then it’s probably time to schedule an appointment with your child’s primary care provider.  Many schools require a sports physical before a kid can begin practice, which may be starting any day now!

Sports physicals evaluate your child’s physical strengths and weaknesses to determine if your child is physically fit to play a certain sport.  It typically has two parts:  medical history and a physical exam.  For the medical history, your child’s doctor will ask about any sudden/unexpected deaths in the family, any symptoms during exercise (dizziness, lightheadedness, chest pain, difficulty breathing, fainting, etc.), allergies, past and present illnesses and injuries, chronic conditions and medications (including over-the-counter).  The physical exam includes a health examination of height, weight and vital signs.  The provider will check your child from head-to-toe including, but not limited to, eyes, nose, ears, chest, joints, bones, and muscles.

Sports physicals are important for preventing injuries.  Children are more vulnerable to sports injuries because they are still growing and developing their coordination.  In addition to regular physicals, many sports injuries can be prevented by using appropriate safety gear, changes to the playing environment, and enforcement of safety rules.

Regular physical examinations are recommended, even if your child doesn’t participate in sports. Children and teenagers need consistent check-ups because of their rapid growth and change.  Regular physical exams also help address possible health concerns right away, instead of letting them snowball into a more serious problem.

Many Fort HealthCare clinics have sent out reminders that it’s time to schedule your Back-to-School check-ups. During these appointments, sports participation forms and immunizations can all be signed off, and best of all, most insurance carriers cover these visits. Don’t wait long. Appointment slots are filling quickly!  Visit FortHealthCare.com/PrimaryCare to find a provider today.