With the fall sports season quickly approaching, it is time to get a sports physical for your child. Most programs require a student to complete a physical before they can participate in a sport. There are two main aspects of sports physicals: medical history and physical examination.  These physicals measure if a child is physically healthy to participate without an increased risk of injury. 

What Happens During a Sports Physical?

There are two main sections of the appointment: going over the player’s medical history and a physical examination. The sports physical has a few different functions in order to keep you safe on and off the field.

Medical History

This part of the exam includes questions about:

  • Serious illnesses among family members
  • Illnesses that kids may have had or may have now, like asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy
  • Previous hospitalizations or surgeries
  • Allergies (to insect bites, for example)
  • Past injuries (including, sprains, or bone fractures)
  • Whether the child has ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
  • Any medications taken including over-the-counter, herbal supplements, and prescriptions

Physical Examination

During the physical part of the exam, the doctor will usually:

  • Record height and weight
  • Take blood pressure and pulse
  • Test vision
  • Check heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
  • Evaluate posture, joints, strength, and flexibility

Treating Pre-Existing or Undetected Conditions

There are many injuries and medical conditions that can be present in your body undetected and affect your ability to participate in sports and other physical activities. Illnesses and disorders including diabetes, epilepsy and asthma can be detected during a physical, even if you have not been diagnosed previously. Another part of the sports physical is an assessment of the athlete’s cardiac health. If the heart becomes weak, you can be at risk for cardiac arrest after strenuous activity. Many heart conditions can go undetected until it is too late, including heart disease, high blood pressure, blockages that can result in heart attacks and muscle dysfunction. 

Sports Physicals for Student Athletes in Norwalk, CT

AFC Urgent Care in Norwalk offers sports physicals and other medical examinations for children and teens of all ages. We always accept walk-ins and offer extended hours including nights and weekends. If you are in need of a sports physical before the start of the season, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk today. For questions about our services, please call (203) 845-9100.