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Why Sports Physicals Are So Important
Thursday, March 7, 2019

If your child is often active having a sports physical required may seem like a tedious task, especially when they seem fine. But sports physicals are more than just one more thing on your to-do list – they are important for catching anything that might cause issues during the sports season and making sure that your child is truly ready to play. Even if the school or league doesn’t require a physical, we still recommend getting one just in case.

Just 30 minutes with a doctor can help catch and prevent a number of issues. We’ll review your child’s medical history and if we find anything in their past, we’ll provide insight as to what to watch out for and how it might affect their performance. Many times, we can help provide a plan to help address these issues so that your child can still play.

We look at their overall health such as their physical fitness, heart and lung functions, eye sight, and hearing. We’ll also check for hidden issues that may cause issues such as knee instability or hidden abdominal masses. If you or your child have noticed things like having difficulty breathing after heavy exercise, be sure to mention it to the doctor as these could come back to bite you if you don’t address them now.

The majority of children are okay to play the sport of their choice, so there’s no need to be nervous about having a physical. If your child is nervous, you can comfort them by reminding them that it’s just a routine exam that all professional athletes take on a regular basis. We recommend that the physical be taken at least 6 weeks before the start of the season to ensure time to address any concerns.

For more information or to get a physical, feel free to contact Doctors’ Urgent Care or drop by your nearest location!



 

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