What Occurs During a Sports Physical
Many children love to play sports. Maybe yours do too, but most teams won't let your youngster play if they don't pass a physical exam. After all, sports physicals are required in most states to ensure that it's safe for your child to play on a team.
Offered by Dr. S. Daman Paul, Dr. Gretchen Gainor, and Asako Komiya, PNP, here at Children's Clinic La Jolla, read on to find out what's involved in undergoing a sports physical.
The first portion of the physical involves a medical history review. This is when the doctor identifies any medical conditons that may make it too dangerous for a child to participate in a sport. During this review, the doctor will learn about your family history of immunizations, illness, allergies, and respiratory diseases. The doctor will also learn about your child's personal history of heat illnesses, concussions, and fractures. This is the time when you should share with your doctor any information concerning your child's medical conditions as well as prescription medications.
The second portion of the visit is the physical exam. During this portion of the visit, the doctor will measure your child's height and weight, as well as their blood pressure and health of their heart, lungs, stomach, nose, throat, and ears. Your child will also take a vision test and the doctor will check their flexibility and joint health.
Time for an Appointment? Give our La Jolla Office a Call
Whether your children plan to play soccer, softball, basketball, or any other organized sport in the San Diego-area, it's important that they receive a sports physical to make sure that it's safe for them to play. Schedule an appointment at Children's Clinic La Jolla for all of your pediatric needs. Please call us at 858-459-KIDS today.