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Importance of a Sports Physical

Get Ready, Get Set, Let's Play!

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.

Medical History
This part of the exam includes questions about:

  • serious illnesses among other family members
  • illnesses that you had when you were younger or may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy
  • previous hospitalizations or surgeries
  • allergies (to insect bites, for example)
  • past injuries (including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures)
  • whether you've ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
  • any medications that you are on (including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and prescription medications)

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

  • record your height and weight
  • take a blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm) reading
  • test your vision
  • check your heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
  • Evaluate your posture, joints, and flexibility

Schedule your sports physical today with your provider's office!  Vist our Website's Location Page for easy access. 

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