Sports Physical

Also called pre-participation physical, a sport physical is a great way to make sure an athlete can safely play. Even if your school or state doesn’t require it, a sports physical also help to keep immunizations up to date and provide an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.

The two main parts to a sports physical are the medical history and the physical exam.

MEDICAL HISTORY

This part of the exam includes questions about:

  • serious illnesses among family members
  • illnesses that you had when you were younger or may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy
  • allergies to insect bites, for example
  • past injuries including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures
  • whether you’ve ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
  • any medications that you are on (including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and prescription medications
  • previous hospitalizations or surgery
  • serious illnesses among family members
  • illnesses that you had when you were younger or may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy
  • allergies to insect bites, for example
  • past injuries including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures
  • whether you’ve ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
  • any medications that you are on (including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and prescription medications
  • previous hospitalizations or surgery

Physical Examination

During the physical examination part, your medical provider will:

  • record your weight and height
  • take a blood pressure and pulse; heart rate and rhythm
  • test your vision
  • check your lungs, heart, ears, throat, nose, and abdomen
  • evaluate your joints, flexibility, strength, and posture
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