If you are a careful parent, then yes, you might be concerned about the fact whether your child is ready for sports or physical activity. Firstly, what do we mean by acknowledging ourselves with the fact that a child is ready for sports or not? It simply means, that your child is ready to meet all the demands and requirements that are asked for by any sport. And not just ready; he is physically and mentally strong enough to fulfill those demands.
A sports Physical is also known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE) is an exam that will determine whether or not it is safe for your child to participate in a certain sport. California requires that kids and teens have an official sports physical with their doctor before starting a new sport. The two main things the doctor is looking at when performing a sports physical is, medical history and a physical exam.
The medical history portion of the sports physical is usually a take home test that the parent and child fill out and submit to the doctor. Questions will cover illness of family members, illnesses that your child has had, any allergies plus any medications your child is currently taking.
The other part of the sport physical is the actual physical examination. This will take place in the office and will cover items such as height and weight, blood pressure and checking the heart and lungs. The test is normally the same for boys as it is for girls.
If your son or daughter is looking to take part in a sport this school year, then a sports physical is something we can help you with. Contact our staff to set up an appointment. Please be sure to bring all necessary paper work your school requires.