If your child is planning to participate in sports they will need a physical.
Has your child’s school required that they get a sports physical? If so, you may be wondering what a sports physical entails and why it’s so important. If your child is healthy, you may certainly wonder how this physical can benefit them (after all, they are healthy right?). From the office of our Eden Prairie, MN, pediatricians, find out more about sports physicals and why every child should have one.
Why does my child’s school require a sports physical?
Also referred to as a pre-participation examination, a sports physical at our Eden Prarie office is the best way for your pediatrician to evaluate the overall health of your child before any physical activity begins. A sports physical will examine all parts of the body so as to detect any problems that could hinder your child’s ability to participate in sports. By making sure that your child gets a sports physical every year, you are also staying up-to-date on their health.
What is involved in a sports physical?
If your child has just decided to participate in sports for the first time this year, you may have no idea what goes into getting a sports physical. Well, when your child comes into our office for their evaluation, we will,
- Record their vital signs (e.g. blood pressure; heart rate), as well as their height and weight
- Check their hearing, respiration, and vision
- Check their posture and musculoskeletal system
- Test reflexes, joint flexibility, and strength
Some children have past injuries or health issues that they don't even know about until they come in for a sports physical. For example, we may discover that your child has asthma. Given that asthma attacks can be brought about by exercise, your child will need some accommodation before participating in sports. By providing your child with the proper inhalers and medications to keep their asthma symptoms under control, they can enjoy being involved in sports and reduce their risk for an asthma attack.
It’s important to plan ahead when it comes to scheduling your child’s sports physical, for once they start the school year, their schedules can become rather jam-packed. Why not schedule their physical before the start of the school year so that it isn’t an issue? Call All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, MN, today at (952) 943-8200 to schedule your child’s upcoming sports physical.