With summer racing by, as a parent here is what you need to know about your kids back to school and sports physical, as we head back to the school year.
Before school starts, many young athletes will start preseason practices for fall sports. Prior to the start of preseason, all young athletes should have a pre-participation physical examination or sports physical to ensure they are healthy and ready to return to sports.
Sports physicals ensure that your child is healthy enough to participate in the sport that he or she loves. The Colorado High School Activities Association requires that all athletes have medical clearance to participate in sports prior to the start of each new school year.
The sports physical exam is similar to a normal well-child check-up with your doctor. This is what you can expect at your child’s visit:
- Height, weight and blood pressure measurement
- A detailed overview of past medical and family history. It is very important, especially if someone other than your regular doctor is performing the sports exam, to accurately and completely fill out the pre-participation history form
- An exam looking at the head, eyes, ears, neck and throat, heart and lungs, abdominal region and an assessment of strength and flexibility. Any specific known problem areas or sites of previous injury will also be closely examined.
After the exam, if the physician feels that the athlete is healthy and safe to participate, he or she will complete a clearance form that the athlete’s family returns to the school. If the young athlete needs further evaluation and other medical tests before they are cleared to play, arrangements for the next steps of the evaluation will be made. The goal is to get the athlete back to the sport he or she loves as soon as it is safe.
Your child’s pediatrician or family doctor is the best place for a yearly physical exam, including a sports physical. Your family doctor knows your child best and already has essential family and past medical history information. Ideally, sports physicals should be done 6 weeks prior to the start of preseason practice. This allows time for consultation with specialists if any abnormalities are noted during the exam. So, if you have not booked your appointment for your child’s sports physical contact us today!Tags: back to school, back to school physicals, kids, kids appointments, kids physicals, physical exam, sports, sports physicals