5 Things to Expect at Your Child’s Walk-In Sports Physical
Posted by Epic-Aaron on August 23, 2018
The school year is here! With it comes to class, homework, and after-school sports. Has your child gotten their sports physical yet? If not, we’ve got a list of things to expect so you don’t get blindsided going into this year’s sports physical:
1. Be prepared
As with any trip to the doctor’s office, they’ll want to know some basic health information upfront. Be sure to bring any health insurance information, a list of questions you may want to ask their doctor, and something to take notes on – just in case.
2. Personal Information
Depending on their age, the doctor may ask you or your child some uncomfortable personal questions about your child’s development in order to better understand their physical condition. If your child is older, you may be asked to leave the room so the doctor can speak to your child privately. As always, any information shared during a medical examination is protected by doctor-patient confidentiality.
3. Medical History
You will also want to bring a summary of your child’s medical history. The purpose of a sports physical is to test whether or not it is safe for your child to participate in a certain sport. In order for a physician to accurately assess this, they will need your child’s medical history. Come to the physical knowing medications, previous hospitalizations, allergies, and any illnesses or conditions that run in your family.
4. Physical Examination
The physical examination itself will measure your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, and test their vision. The exam will also check their heart, lungs, joints, strength, and posture. These tests help the doctor gain an understanding of your child’s health, and whether or not they should be participating in strenuous physical activities.
5. Doctor Recommendations
Be prepared to accept any of the doctor’s recommendations. It can be difficult to tell a child that they should not be participating in a sport they love, especially when that news is unexpected. If the doctor is unable to sign off on your child’s physical evaluation, it’s important that the child knows that staying out of the game is the best thing for them and their health.
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