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Blog // Jul 21, 2015

What is a Sports Physical?

Playing sports is a great way to have fun and stay fit. Anyone who has played sports knows that you have to pay some extra attention to your health. If you play team sports, you may have to get a sports physical.
Usually this is a visit to the doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to play the sports.

Playing sports is a great way to have fun and stay fit. Anyone who has played sports knows that you have to pay some extra attention to your health. If you play team sports, you may have to get a sports physical. Usually this is a visit to the doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to play the sports.

You might think of going to your doctor as something you do only when you’re sick or maybe once a year for a checkup, but your body works hard when you run fast, kick, throw, swim, and tumble. That’s why a sports physical is important, especially when you’re just starting to swim competitively; do gymnastics; or play a team sport, such as soccer, baseball, football, or basketball.

What is a Sports Physical?

A sports physical—also known as a pre-participation physical examination—is a check-up to assess a teen’s health and fitness as it relates to a sport. It is not the same as a regular physical. During the sports physical, the health care provider looks for any diseases or injuries that could make it unsafe to participate in sports and reviews the family’s medical history to ensure additional tests are performed if necessary.

What to expect during a Sports Physical

· Measure your height

· Check your weight

· Take your blood pressure

· Listen to your heart and lungs

· Feel your abdomen

· Look in your ears, nose, and throat

· Check your eyesight

· Test how strong and flexible you are

· This is also your chance to discuss any other questions you have about your health and playing sports.

What If the Doctor Thinks Something Is Wrong?

The good news is that almost all kids can play the sports they want to play. If you have a health problem, you can usually take medicine or get treatment that will let you play your sport safely. If you have an old injury, the doctor may be able to suggest exercises and other treatments to help you fully recover from it. Even kids with serious health problems often find a sport in which they can participate.

Where to Get a Sports Physical

Heritage Urgent Care has the trained professionals to preform sports physicals. Heritage Urgent Care is currently running a special on Sports Physicals for $25. No appointment necessary!