It’s very common and important for children to participate in physical activity while in school. If your child will be participating in school sports this academic year, be sure to schedule a comprehensive sports physical for your child. The sports physical is not just an annual check-up to participate in school athletics. It’s also a great opportunity to track your child’s health and educate them on proper diet and fitness techniques.
The main purpose of the sports physical is to identify if there are any medical muscular conditions that might make participation in a particular sport unsafe for your child. The physical will also screen for any undetected health problems. If your child has suffered from a prior injury, this screening helps to ensure they have been properly treated and rehabilitated so that your child is not put at risk for further injury. This visit also serves as an opportunity to educate both you and your child about injury prevention, conditioning, and training.
During the physical part of the exam, the Altamonte Springs Pediatrician will usually record the height and weight of your child followed by taking a blood pressure and pulse reading. Next, your child’s vision, heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat will be checked. Finally, the doctor will evaluate your child’s posture, joints, strength, and flexibility. Although the majority of the exam will be the same for both males and females, the doctor may ask varying questions in case they’ve started or already gone through puberty.
The best way to prepare for your child’s sports physical is to develop an accurate medical history. Helpful medical history information includes: family cardiac history, any history of injuries, illness or medication use, allergies, immunization status, menstrual history, and any other previous, recent, or current medical conditions. At the end of the exam, the doctor will either fill out and sign a form stating everything is good or, in some cases, recommend a follow-up exam.
While it is very important to conduct a sports physical for your child on an annual basis, this should not replace an annual evaluation. An annual evaluation offers opportunities to evaluate social and emotional development, discuss sensitive health matters like puberty, and educate your child on healthy choices such as avoiding alcohol and drugs.
If your child is interested in participating in school sports, schedule their next physical with an Altamonte Springs Pediatrician at Family First Pediatrics by calling (407) 335-4760.