A sports physical helps determine if your child is physically fit for participation in school sports activities. The purpose of the physical is twofold:
- To determine if your child is physically fit to participate in sports
- To identify any conditions that could prevent his/her participation or that need treatment before he/she can participate
While required by schools to participate in sports, a sports physical does not guarantee your child will be able to do so. An underlying medical condition that prevents participation may be found.
What to Expect
A physical normally takes 15 to 20 minutes. During the exam, the provider checks and reviews:
- Medical history
- Joints and flexibility
- General fitness
How to Prepare
Bring the following to the physical:
- The form provided by the school
- All medical records, including immunizations
- A list of all medications—prescribed or over the counter—and doses being taken
- Be prepared to discuss any observed changes in mood or behavior
How to Obtain a Sports Physical
Your primary care provider should be your first choice for a sports physical. Often, it can be done as part of the annual well-child visit and will be more comprehensive than a standalone sports physical.
If time does not permit visiting your primary care provider, you can visit any Spectrum Health Medical Group Urgent Care Center – walk-in at your convenience, no appointment needed.