Sports Physical

All About Children Pediatrics

Pediatric Clinic located in Eden Prairie, MN

Sports physicals are often required to play school-sponsored sports, especially among older children and teenagers. If your child is due for a sports physical, the expert pediatric team at All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, can help. They have expertise in sports-related physicals in children of all ages to ensure your child is healthy enough to safely participate in their favorite sport. Schedule a sports physical with All About Children Pediatrics over the phone or online today.

Sports Physical Q & A

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is a sports-specific, comprehensive physical exam that helps your child’s pediatrician determine if they are healthy enough to safely participate in school sports. Many schools require a doctor to sign off on sports physical forms prior to approving your child’s participation.

What should I bring to a sports physical?

When you and your child arrive for a sports physical, make sure to bring:

  • Past medical records
  • Immunization records
  • A list of known allergies
  • A list of current medications
  • Your insurance card
  • The forms needed by the school/team
  • Questions or concerns you may have

Having this information ready during the appointment ensures your child’s physical runs smoothly and efficiently.

What should I expect during a sports physical?

When your child arrives at their sports physical appointment, the All About Children Pediatrics team weighs them and checks their pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs. A pediatrician completes a comprehensive physical exam by checking your child’s eyes, ears, nose, throat, breathing, heart rate, reflexes, abdomen, and more.

They ask questions about your child’s medical history, past surgeries, past hospitalizations, medications, symptoms, and prior injuries. Your child’s doctor may complete a vision screening, hearing test, urine test, blood test, X-rays, or other diagnostic testing if necessary to ensure your child is healthy enough to safely play sports.

What happens after a sports physical?

After a sports physical your child’s doctor lets you know if they are healthy enough to safely play sports, require further diagnostic testing, or have an illness, injury, or disease that requires treatment. 

The All About Children Pediatrics team can treat children with certain health issues, such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, and minor injuries, to ensure their safety prior to sports training. For example, they might need to use an inhaler, wear a brace, or take medications.

Your pediatrician signs off on the required forms and gives you a copy to show to your child’s school or sports team.

The next time your child requires a sports physical, you can trust the All About Children Pediatrics team with their care. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.