Learn more about your child’s sports physicals and why they need it.
Is your child about to participate in school or intramural sports? Has your child’s school asked that every child get a sports physical? If this is the first time your child has ever gotten one then you may not understand why they are necessary. Let our Eden Prairie, MN, pediatricians shed some light on sports physicals.
What is a sports physical?
In many cases, your school may make it mandatory for your child to get a sports physical every year before they can participate in any physical activities. The purpose of a sports physical is to make sure that your little one is healthy enough for the sports they want to play to prevent potential injuries and other health risks from occurring.
Any health problems or past injuries could inhibit a child athlete’s ability to safely participate, so our Eden Prairie children’s doctors will need to conduct a thorough physical exam to make sure they are healthy enough and that any preexisting injuries or conditions won’t negatively affect their level of participation.
During your child’s visit, we will evaluate their overall health, their fitness level and any current or previous injuries to make sure that they been treated properly and that they won’t predispose them to further injury. We will also talk to you and your child about ways to keep them safe while on and off the field.
This may include making sure they are always wearing the proper equipment and gear to protect themselves from head injuries, dental injuries, broken ankles, etc. Wearing a mouthguard is one way to protect your child’s smile to prevent dislodged or broken teeth.
We can also recommend certain conditioning and training tips that could reduce their risk of sports-related injuries. For example, make sure they are warming-up properly for about 10 to 15 minutes before a game. If your child has any preexisting conditions like asthma we will also guarantee that they have the proper medications they need to reduce the frequency and severity of their symptoms while on and off the field.
We also know that you may have questions for us, and your child’s physical exam is often the perfect time to sit down with us and ask all the questions you might have regarding their health, lifestyle, diet and exercise, stress management or sleep.
We know that nothing is more important than your child’s health so you want a pediatric team that will give your child the focused and attentive medical care they need as they grow. Call All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, MN, today to schedule an appointment for your little one.