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If you’re an athlete or parent of an athlete then you’ve probably heard of the required physical exam referred to as a sports physical. What is it and why is it important? Let us explain!
Sports physicals are used for children on up through professional athletes to determine their readiness to participate in a sport or physical activity of interest. Currently, 35 states require sports physicals to participate in a high school sport. Even if you’re in a state where it’s not required, it’s still a great idea to get one just to make sure that there are no underlying conditions that could become an issue. A sports physical also provides you with the opportunity to talk to your provider about any concerns you might have about previous or existing conditions/injuries.
Some of the benefits of sports physicals include:
During a sports physical you can expect your provider to:
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to sports physicals is to plan ahead! Ideally, you should aim to get your sports physical six weeks before the season begins so that you have adequate time to address any illnesses or injuries. Contact one of our primary care physicians to schedule your sports physical today.