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Your child is eager to start the school year so they can participate in sports. That’s great news! Keeping your child active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and sports can be a great experience for many children; however, it’s also important that your child’s pediatrician performs a yearly sports physical to make sure that they are ready for physical activity.
A sports physical is necessary for every child regardless of their current health. In fact, some schools make it mandatory for children to get an annual sports physical before they participate in any school sports. Regardless of whether this physical is mandatory or not, it’s highly advised that all children get a sports physical once a year.
Your child’s sports physical will involve going through their medical history and conducting a physical examination. The physical examination is pretty self-explanatory. We will check their vitals, as well as their height and weight. We will perform a vision test and evaluate everything from their heart and respiratory system to their musculoskeletal system. The goal of a physical exam is to make sure that your child hasn’t incurred any past injuries or developed any health problems that could be exacerbated by physical activity.
A pediatrician can also answer questions and provide counseling on nutrition, healthy weight loss or gain, and habits that could help your child’s physical health. Remember to bring any questions along with you.
Besides the physical examination, we will also sit down with you and your child and ask questions about their medical history. It’s important to be as detailed as possible. If it’s the first time they are having a sports physical it’s important to bring in a list of any supplements or medications (both over-the-counter or prescription) that they are currently taking.
We will ask a series of questions to find out if there are any serious or chronic health problems that run in the family, if your child has experienced any past injuries, if they’ve ever undergone surgery or been hospitalized, if they have any allergies or if they have any current disorders or illnesses. It’s important to provide as much detailed history as possible so that our pediatric team can perform a thorough and comprehensive physical.
Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s sports physical. It’s important to get your child on the books before the summer is gone and the doctor’s schedule fills up. You don’t want your child being benched during the season because they didn’t get a sports physical. Call your pediatrician today.
Your child or teenager is likely the picture of health, with an excess of energy, a healthy appetite, and a decent amount of rest, so having a sports physical every year may seem unnecessary. However, the doctors at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County encourage parents to look at yearly physicals for athletics as a way to keep children's medical records updated and to detect any potential problems early. Learn more about how our team of providers in Nashville, Tennessee is looking out for your child's health, both on and off the playing field.
Why are sports physicals necessary?
Sometimes known as pre-participation examinations, sports physicals from your child's Nashville pediatrician are very beneficial. Your child's health, in particular their heart and lungs, needs to be evaluated by a professional prior to stepping onto the sports field. This can prevent unforeseen problems and detect issues that need further treatment or evaluation. Yearly physicals also mean that your child's medical records are staying up-to-date.
What happens during a sports physical?
If your child has had a sports physical in the past, you probably know what to expect. However, if you're signing them up for the first time, you may have some questions. A typical sports physical includes the following:
- Taking records of height, weight, heart rate and blood pressure
- Checking vision, hearing, and breathing
- Evaluating posture for potential scoliosis
- Testing joint flexibility and strength
Of course, there is always time for your Nashville pediatrician to address any questions or concerns you may have. That's what makes sports physicals in a medical office the preferred method; they are much more thorough and personalized than school-sponsored screening events.
If your child showing interest in playing a sport during the next school year, contact the Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN to schedule a physical with one of our pediatricians today!