What is a Sports Physical?
A sports physical focuses on your child’s well-being as it relates to playing a sport. It’s more limited than a regular physical, but it’s a lot more specific to addressing athletic issues. Urgent Care at Druid performs both sports physicals and school physicals. We want to help get your athlete ready for the game!
Why Is a Sports Physical Important?
Sports physicals are required by many athletic leagues and schools.
Sports physicals can help identify and deal with known or potential health problems before starting a sport. Sometimes prescribing a different type of inhaler for asthmatics, or adjusting the dosage for easier breathing when running is helpful. Or, knowing whether improper technique, previous overtraining, poor shoe support, or an old injury that never healed properly is causing knee pain is important. And sometimes health conditions are discovered before a problem occurs.
The doctors at Urgent Care at Druid Hills are also athletes and have some good tips to help avoid injuries. For example, certain stretching or strengthening activities that help prevent injuries in specific sports may be recommended. Our doctors can also identify risk factors that are linked to specific sports. Obtaining and adhering to advice like this will makes for a better, stronger athlete.
What is included in the exam?
At Urgent Care at Druid Hills, a doctor will see your child. This is not always the case at other places offering sports physicals.
We will take a medical history. A doctor’s review of your child’s history can be an important part of preventing future injuries and illness.
Your child’s vital signs will be checked (pulse and blood pressure) for proper function. Height and weight will be checked and we can evaluate any factors placing added stress on joints, muscles, and bones.
Your child’s heart, lungs, abdomen, eyes, ears, nose, and throat will be examined.
Joints and flexibility will be evaluated to determine whether there are any weak areas that may be prone to injury.
Vision will be checked, and for those with corrective lenses, there will be a determination regarding whether the lenses need to be adjusted.