In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a particular sport. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a PPE isn't required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.
The two main parts of a sports physical are the medical history and the physical exam.
This part of the exam includes questions about:
During the physical part of the exam, the doctor will usually:
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