The Importance of a Sports Physical
With fall sports on the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about the upcoming season. The first step in preparing your kids for back-to-school activities is by getting them a sports physical.
Check out five common FAQ’s you need to know before making an appointment for your child’s sports physical.
1. How is a sports physical different than a regular physical?
With a sports physical, the provider focuses on athletic issues instead of overall wellness. The purpose for this physical is to determine what level of play and what sports are appropriate for the athlete.
2. Why is it important to get a sports physical?
There are several benefits to having a sports physical including:
- Making sure that the athlete’s body can handle the demands of a particular sport
- Identifying any potential health risks such as a heart condition or high blood pressure
- Receiving additional follow-up and final clearance on past injuries, such as a concussion
3. What happens during a sports physical?
“During a sports physical, the provider will ask the athlete about their general medical history and current health habits,” says Dr. Simone Bruemmer of Bronson Family Medicine – Helmer Rd. “Then, the provider will provide a physical exam including height and weight, blood pressure and pulse, vision and hearing, walking and posture, as well as joint movement and muscle strength checks.”
4. When is the best time to get a sports physical?
It is typically best to have a sports physical at least six weeks before the beginning of the season. This gives both the athlete and provider enough time to treat a current injury, or to make other health recommendations.
5. Where can I take my child for a sports physical?
Your child’s primary care provider can perform a sports physical. Appointments for this typically fill up fast during this time of year, so be sure to plan ahead to avoid the last minute rush.
If your child doesn’t currently have a primary care provider, there are several convenient practices in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Paw Paw and South Haven that are accepting new patients. Visit bronsonhealth.com/find-a-doctor to connect your child with a provider. You can also visit any of our FastCare or urgent care locations in Kalamazoo or Battle Creek, or make an appointment at Bronson Sports Medicine Specialists in Kalamazoo.