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Importance of Fall Sports Physicals

Although it feels like summer just started, the end is here, which means back to school, and for many kids, that includes the start of the fall sports season. Being prepared with the right equipment is a great place to start, but for ultimate safety and success, a sports physical is vital before participating in any activity – and will typically be required by the school or organization.

Fall Sports Safety

Depending upon the age of your child or sport availability, there could be a number of fall sports that your child will want to participate in. Everything from cross country to field hockey, football, soccer, golf, tennis and more. Each requires a specific level of stamina and strength, and sports put extra pressure on the muscles, joints, heart, lungs, and bones. For instance, cross country runners need to be able to handle long distance runs, so a healthy heart and lungs are vital, as well as joint health in the knees, hips, and ankles. If there are underlying health issues that go undetected, they can be detrimental to the child’s safety when playing any sport.

What Happens during a Sports Physical

Much like other physical exams, the doctor will take a comprehensive look at family history to identify any potential risk factors for genetic diseases or conditions. The typical measures will also be evaluated, including a blood pressure check, listening to the heart and lungs, and measuring height and weight. Neurological functions will also be tested, such as reflexes, coordination, and strength. Flexibility is also important, so the doctor may test joint flexibility, mobility, spinal alignment, and posture. Boys may also require a genital exam to screen for hernias.

Other issues will be discussed, such as any symptoms the child may have while participating in an activity, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, or fainting. The doctor will also look for any injuries that may have gone unnoticed or untreated over the summer that could lead to a worse injury if ignored.

Where to Get a Sports Physical

A sports physical can be performed by a pediatrician or family physician. Unfortunately, trying to make an appointment at the doctor’s office could put your child behind for having the exam done in time. Instead, make it easy and visit us at any of our convenient Midwest Express Clinic locations, and no appointment is necessary. Our professional medical staff is here to provide comprehensive sports physicals for your child to ensure safe participation through the season for the low price of only $25. Be sure to bring your school or sport provided paperwork with you to your visit!