Little matters as much as your child’s safety. If your child is athletic, making sure they can safely engage in a particular sport helps ensure their well-being and bring you mental ease. Most states require such an exam before a new sports season, but there are other reasons to consider them, too.
Our team at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. is pleased to provide sports physicals for children in the Glen Burnie, Maryland, area.
Benefits of a sports physical
Sports physicals aren’t just something to check off of a list of requirements. Whether your child engages in a scholastic sport or engages for fun and recreation outside of school, these exams can help by:
- Identifying problems that could worsen or interfere with particular activities
- Allowing your provider to recommend any aids, such as an inhaler for asthma
- Providing your child prevent injuries
- Improving the overall health of your child
- Lowering the risk of certain injuries or accidents
- Giving you a chance to discuss any questions or concerns
Preparing for a sports physical
Aim to schedule your child’s sports physical six to eight weeks before the athletic season begins. You can prepare by putting together or reviewing your child’s basic medical history to discuss with your provider. Your child will also be asked to share information about their daily lifestyle choices and habits, such as whether they use drugs or alcohol.
Symptoms and conditions you’ll want to discuss include:
- Asthmatic or breathing problems
- Chest discomfort or shortness of breath during exercise
- Signs of disordered eating, such as restrictive diets or overexercise
- Dizziness or fainting
- Epilepsy or seizures
- Excessive fatigue
- Heart problems
- Medications and supplements
- Past surgeries
- Recurrent headaches
- Skin issues
- Sleep or mood problems
- Vision problems
The physical exam portion of your child’s visit will assess a range of factors, such as:
- Blood pressure
- Hernia signs
- Height and weight
- Heart and lung function
- Hemoglobin count and urinalysis
- Immunizations, if needed
- Vision and hearing
Don’t let the fear of not “passing” the physical keep you or your child from being forthright during the appointment. If your child has an issue that may impact their athletic capabilities or eligibility for a sport, your provider can likely recommend treatment or management possibilities. Like you, we care most about your child’s health and safety. We’ll do our best to help ensure that they have a positive athletic experience.
To learn more about sports physicals or schedule one for your child, call Arundel Medical Group, Inc., or request an appointment on our website.