Sports Physical Exam
Sports physicals can be performed to identify any medical conditions that can adversely affect a player’s performance. Board-certified providers can assist you at any of our UrgentWay location.
A sports physical exam is required in almost all organised athletic programmes and is performed with the intent of identifying any conditions that may prevent an athlete from safely participating in sporting events.
It is important to note that a sports physical is not a substitute for a regular annual checkup or annual physical because a sports physical focuses on health history that can directly impact one’s ability to play a sport. While a sports physical typically covers much of what happens during an annual physical exam, it’s still important to schedule an annual checkup.
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What is a sports physical?
A sports physical, known in the medical field as a pre-participation physical (PPE), helps determine if a child (or adult) is physically capable of participating in a sport safely. Also, anyone starting a new sport or exercise routine should always talk to a healthcare professional first, and sports physicals offer a convenient way to do this.
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UrgentWay Pro Tip: If you are anxious about your sports physical, reading this guide beforehand should set you up for success. This guide provides a rundown of what to expect during the sports, and it helps to think of it as a warm-up before practice!
What to expect during a sports physical at UrgentWay?
A sports physical should be thought of like a basketball game: it has four quarters. During the first quarter, our clinical staff members will monitor your vital signs, including pulse and blood pressure. Weight and height will also be documented to determine any stress on joints, muscles, and bones.
The second quarter will be an eye exam. During the eye exam, the provider will clinically verify that you can see properly or if prescription glasses are needed, or a change in existing prescription glasses is required.
The third quarter of the sports physical is a review of your medical history. For this quarter, please provide a list of past or recent illnesses, surgeries, or conditions, such as birth defects, diabetes, asthma, or chest pains. This information is vital in helping our healthcare providers identify potential problems that may require further extensive testing, possible referrals to specialists, or activity restrictions to prevent any future complications.
The last quarter is important: the control of physical form. During the fitness check, a complete physical exam will be performed, including the heart, lungs, and abdomen, to ensure they do not have any physical limitations, such as uncontrolled asthma, recent surgeries, or a hernia that may affect your fitness ability to play safely. This quarter also involves flexibility and control of joints. By evaluating your strength, flexibility, posture, and joints, a provider can identify any areas that may be prone to injury, as well as suggest possible exercises and tips to help build a healthier body.
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Can A Sports Physical Be A Substitute For A School Or Daycare Physical?
No, because schools often require additional documentation from your child’s pediatrician about growth, immunizations, and more. Sports physical forms are generally limited to sports participation, so other documents will be needed to complete other school or camp physicals at UrgentWay.
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