Sports Physicals are available for a discounted price of $20.00 throughout the school year. A $20.00 fee is due at time of visit. No other discounts apply. If you have private insurance we will submit the charge to your insurance, but you will have to pay any portions not covered and be aware that it will not be discounted after we send it to your insurance, unless the $20.00 is collected at the time of service.
Playing sports helps keep you fit. They are also a fun way to socialize and meet people. But you might not know why the physical you may have to take at the beginning of your sports season is so important.
What Is a Sports Physical?
The sports physical is known as a preparticipation physical exam. The exam helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a particular sport. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season.
The two main parts to a sports physical are the medical history and the physical exam.
This part of the exam includes questions about:
- serious illnesses among other family members
- illnesses that you had when you were younger or may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy
- previous hospitalizations or surgeries
- allergies (to insect bites, for example)
- past injuries (including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures)
- whether you've ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
- any medications that you are on (including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and prescription medications)
The medical history questions are usually on a form that you can bring home, so ask your parents to help you fill in the answers.
Looking at patterns of illness in your family is a very good indicator of any potential conditions you may have.
During the physical part of the exam, your medical provider will:
- record your height and weight
- take a blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm) reading
- test your visioncheck your heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
- evaluate your posture, joints, strength, and flexibility
Although most aspects of the exam will be the same for males and females.
Female athletes are at higher risk of medical complications if their fatty fat is too low called female athelete's triad.
The provider will also ask questions about the use of drugs,dietary supplements, "performance enhancers" and weight-loss supplements because these can affect a person's health.
At the end of your exam, the provider will either fill out and sign a form if everything checks out OK or, in some cases, recommend a follow-up exam, additional tests, or specific treatment for medical problems.
Why Is a Sports Physical Important?
A sports physical can help you find out about and deal with health problems that might interfere with your participation in a sport such as asthma and avoiding injuries.
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