While sports physicals seem to be a mere formality, they can be the key to uncovering certain signs or symptoms that can indicate the potential for something serious happening during a sporting event. Since prevention is ultimately the best practice, part of our mission is to prevent sports accidents.
Let’s take a look at some common questions answered by the professionals and also how to best prepare for your sports physical.
What is the difference between a sports physical and the traditional physical exam? How often should patients get a sports physical?
Generally, sports physicals are done annually by most schools and recreational or team sport organizations. The sports physical focuses on your well-being as it relates to playing a sport. It’s more limited than a regular physical, but it’s a lot more specific to evaluating for athletic issues. You should still continue to have regular traditional physical exams annually or per the recommendation of your primary care provider.
How long does a sports physical usually take?
Generally, it takes about 20-30 minutes to gather all the necessary information and complete paperwork.
What if a problem is detected during the physical?
If you don’t get the “OK” from us, does that mean you’ll never participate in sports? No! Based on the reason the patient is not being cleared for participation at the time of the visit, our providers will arrange appropriate follow-up, either back at our clinic or with a specialist for further evaluation.
What is a sports physical comprised of?
As mentioned above, a detailed history is taken followed by a head-to-toe physical. A detailed medication history is taken from the patient or patient’s parent regarding any past medical problems, surgeries, medications, immunizations, or other pertinent information. Vital signs and vision screening are performed. Then, an in-depth physical examination takes place, usually with a chaperone present. Our experts are examining carefully for any concerning or abnormal signs that would raise a red flag for sports participation. Lastly, the provider will fill out any necessary paperwork.
What makes sports physicals so important?
Sports physicals are important in determining an athlete’s medical capability to participate in sports safely. Sports can be demanding on the physique. Muscles are engaged and taxed, the heart rate is elevated, breathing is more rapid as the body requires more oxygen intake. These are just a few of the many changes the body can experience. Our providers want to ensure everything is working properly as it should so our patients can feel safe and confident in whatever activity they are participating in.
If you have additional questions not answered in this blog, please consult one of our experts to help you with that.
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