If your child is planning to play sports this coming school year then it’s never too early to consider a school physical.
Playing sports and staying active is a great way to keep kids fit and healthy. Playing on school teams can be a great way to socialize with other kids. Of course, many schools expect children to get a sports physical before they even step onto the field. Find out the importance behind these physicals and when you should schedule a visit to see our Katy pediatrician, Dr. Amisha Patel.
What is a sports physical? What does it entail?
A sports physical is a great way for your Katy, TX children’s doctor Dr. Patel to determine if your little one is healthy enough to participate in sports. Many schools require both children and teens to have a physical every school year. And even if it isn’t required, it’s still a good idea to make sure your child is healthy enough to play.
A sports physical includes two parts: medical history and the physical exam.
Medical history will include discussing:
- Family history of illnesses
- Past injuries
- Hospitalizations or surgeries
- Any medications you are taking
- Chronic health problems (e.g. asthma)
The physical exam includes:
- Checking vitals
- Recording height and weight
- Blood pressure
- Checking vision
- Checking joints, posture, and strength
Why are sports physicals necessary?
These exams are important because it can help determine a health problem. In these cases, we can help figure out the best way to treat the current issues so that your child might be able to participate. Plus, your pediatrician Dr. Patel can also provide great advice and tips for how to train safely to prevent injuries.
When should my child get a physical?
A child should get a physical every year before they start playing team or recreational sports. We highly recommend getting one about six weeks prior to the start of the season. If there are any issues, they can be addressed Your child will not miss out on his or her favorite activity.
It’s never too early to schedule an appointment for your child’s upcoming physical. The sooner the better! Call Just for Kids Pediatrics, PLLC in Katy, TX to schedule your little one’s physical exam. Make sure they are ready to be part of the game!