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School sports are a great way for kids to keep fit and to develop teamwork skills that will serve them all through life. No matter the sport, all involve strenuous activity, so it’s important that your child is physically ready to train and compete.
A school sports physical, also called a pre-participation exam (PPE), will help determine if your child is healthy enough to participate in sports safely and minimize the risk of sports-related injuries. Most schools require a PPE before a student is allowed to participate in sports, but even if it isn’t required, most doctors strongly advise getting one.
The specifics can vary depending on the provider performing the exam and the sport involved, but the two main parts of a sports physical are medical history and a physical exam.
Medical history is an important factor in identifying conditions that might affect your child’s ability to participate in sports. Be prepared to discuss a variety of issues, including::
The physical exam helps determine your child’s general health, fitness level, physical maturity, and present medical conditions or injuries. This may include an evaluation of:
Check with your child’s coach for due dates and all required forms. Typically, a sports physical should be completed about six weeks before the start of the athletic season. This allows time to follow up on any health issues identified during the physical so your child doesn’t have to sit out part of the season or miss valuable training time.
Twin Rivers Urgent Care can be your go-to facility for school sports physicals. There’s no appointment needed, so just walk into any our of locations and we’ll get your child ready for a winning season without delay!