When trying out for a sports team or getting ready for school to start, a physical is critical. Without this exam, parents, students, and coaches will not know if a player has any underlying issues. So, what exams go into a sports physical? Keep reading to find out!
What is a physical?
A sports physical is known in the medical field as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE). It helps determine whether you can take part in a sport safely.
Why do you need a sports physical?
The sports physical is done to:
● Find out if you are in good health
● Measure the maturity of your body
● Measure your physical fitness
● Learn about injuries you have now
● Find inborn conditions that could make you prone to injuries
The provider can give you great tips on how to keep your body healthy. This is important, especially if you have a disease like diabetes or asthma. If you have an inhaler, glasses, or any other device that could be affected or affect you during your sport, the doctor will want to have a look at them as well.
What happens during a physical?
Different providers may perform sports physicals slightly different. But they always include a conversation about your medical history and a physical exam.
The physical exam is like an annual checkup, but with some added things that relate to playing sports. The provider will focus on the health of your lungs, heart, bones, and joints. Your provider may:
● Measure your height and weight
● Measure your blood pressure and pulse
● Test your vision
● Check your heart, lungs, belly, ears, nose, and throat
● Check your joints, strength, flexibility, and posture
Your provider may ask about:
● Your diet
● Your use of drugs, alcohol, and supplements
● Your menstrual periods if you are a girl or woman
This is the best time to tell the doctor if you are using weight loss medicine, steroids, or any other drug.
What should I bring to my appointment?
If you get a form for your medical history, fill it out and bring it with you. If not, bring this information with you:
● Allergies and what kind of reactions you have had
● A list of immunization and the dates you received them
● A list of medicines you take, including prescription, over-the-counter, and supplements (such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs)
● If you use contact lenses, dental appliances, orthotics, or have piercings
● Past and current illnesses
● Injuries you have had, including concussions, broken bones, dislocated bones
● Hospitalizations or surgeries
● Times you passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, had heat illness, or had trouble breathing during exercise
● Illnesses in your family, including any deaths related to exercise
● A history of your weight loss or gain over time
Learn More About Sports Physicals and Exams
At Bass Urgent Care, our team takes the next steps of your sports journey very seriously. With advanced technology and testing, we can learn more about you than ever before. Give us a call today at (925) 318-9822 to set up an appointment or come on in!