Benefits of a Sports Physical

Sports are a very popular thing for children and adults alike. According to a report from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, over 24 million children between the ages of 6-12 participated in sports on a regular basis in the U.S. in 2018. This covers a wide variety of sports from basketball to golf. Athletes of all ages put their bodies through a lot of pain and risk of injury. If athletes need to be tested to participate in a sport for school or professionally, they could benefit from getting a preparticipation physical evaluation, or a sports physical.

Dr. Yadwinder Kang and 1st Choice Urgent Care have decades of experience performing sports physicals and many other medical services.

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is a physical examination designed to judge how fit an athlete is to participate in a sport. It assesses the overall risks and makes overall decisions for the safety of the athlete. 

This can include examining old injuries, checking for abnormal conditions, and advice on how to protect yourself when playing a sport. A sports physical should not take the place of the annual physical, as it is designed mainly to determine if a child is ready to play a sport and may not cover other things a annual physical might.

What are the benefits?

The primary focus of the sports physical is to examine things affecting your body’s ability to perform physical tasks, such as the health of the heart, lungs, bones, and joints. During such a physical, one can expect:

Dietary habits are also examined, as well as drug and supplement consumption. Questions regarding the menstrual cycle may be presented to female athletes.

What information do I need to bring?

We need to have some information regarding your medical history prior to your physical, including:

It is important to know if a family or medical history brings up any possible concerns. Things like heart murmurs, enlarged heart, high blood pressure, concussions, and various symptoms of other conditions can directly affect sports activity.  

If all the tests come back clear, an athlete can be cleared to participate in the desired sport without restriction. It is possible to be cleared conditionally or not cleared pending further testing. If there is enough concern after testing, it is possible to not be cleared as the overall well-being of the athlete is the primary concern.

If you or your child needs a sports physical, make an appointment with Dr. Kang and 1st Choice Urgent Care today.

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