Don’t Wait! Advocate For Your Child’s Health With a Sports Physical From Huneycutt Family Medicine

Sports physicals are an important aspect of your child’s health and wellness — not only can they catch a potentially harmful health issue, but they also help keep your child at their best while engaging in sports.

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is performed by your local primary care physician prior to the sports season. It helps give you and your child a snapshot of their health to ensure their participation in the activity is safe.

They’re typically required for participating in sports at the high school level (sometimes earlier) and need a primary care physician to sign off before engaging. When you see your primary care physician for a sports physical they will likely sign off with no issues or ask you to wear or use modifications such as a brace while participating. The only reason they wouldn’t sign off would be due to a health concern that would jeopardize your health while playing sports.

What happens at a sports physical?

Your primary care physician will conduct both a medical history and physical examination of your child.

Medical History

The medical history is a series of questions that helps create a broader picture of your child’s health, questions may include:

  • Illness or disease among the family
  • Illnesses that the parent may have (diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, etc.)
  • Previous surgeries or hospitalizations
  • Allergies
  • Chronic health issues
  • Medications your child is on

In addition, your doctor will ask about drug and alcohol use and the use of any dietary supplements that they may be taking such as a performance enhancer or weight-loss supplement.

Physical Examination

The physical examination provides a real-time snapshot of your child’s health and involves things such as;

  • Height and weight measurement
  • Blood pressure and pulse readings
  • Vision testing
  • Heart, lungs, ears, nose, and throat check
  • Evaluation of your joints, strength, mobility, and posture

To schedule your sports physical with Huneycutt Family Medicine, connect with our Loveland clinic today.