Pre-Season Physicals for Fall Sport Athletes

The Importance of Physical Assessments for Kids Enrolled in Fall Sports

Every year, we receive inquiries from parents who question the necessity of a sports physical for their children’s participation in extracurricular sports, especially when they’ve had one just a year ago. To some, it may seem like a mere formality, but sports physicals serve as a quick and straightforward method to ensure your child’s well-being.

Fall sports bring added significance to sports physicals as they are often mandatory. Here are some compelling reasons why they matter:

Temperature Matters:

With the heat during the fall season, it’s crucial to be aware of any underlying medical conditions that might affect your child’s ability to participate safely.

Intensity of Sports:

Today’s sports demand a high level of training and conditioning. It’s vital to identify any health issues that may require special attention or monitoring.

Post-Summer Transition:

After a summer of relaxation, kids can go from 0 to 60 mph in terms of physical activity. Many are less physically fit than usual at the start of the sports season.

Growing Bodies:

Children grow rapidly, and a lot can change in their bodies between annual check-ups.

So, what can you expect from a sports physical?

A sports physical begins with a thorough review of your child’s medical history, encompassing lifestyle, previous illnesses or injuries, health concerns, and more. Additionally, the physical examination includes:

  • Measurement of height and weight.
  • Assessment of blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Evaluation of oxygen saturation.
  • Vision check.
  • Examination of muscle strength.
  • Assessment of posture, flexibility, and joint health.

 

By prioritizing your child’s sports physical, you’re taking a proactive step to ensure their safety and well-being on the field. 

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