The sports season is approaching and it’s time for your yearly sports physical!
Also known as the preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE), the sports physical helps to tell if it’s safe for you to participate in your sport. (1)
Most states require students have a physical before they are cleared to play school sports. This helps to identify and address any potential health issues that may prevent the student from participating in the sport.
Sports physicals consist of a medical history and physical exam.
Our doctors will want to know about your health, your family's health, your medical problems, and what medicines you take.
The physical exam is similar to your annual checkup, but with an emphasis on areas of the body that relate to playing sports - lungs, muscles, heart, bones, and joints. (2)
Measuring your height and weight
Measuring your blood pressure and pulse
Testing your vision
Checking your heart, lungs, belly, ears, nose, and throat
Checking your joints, muscle strength, flexibility, and posture
We also typically ask about:
Your use of drugs, alcohol, and supplements
Your menstrual periods if you're a girl or woman
Your testicular/penis health if you’re a boy or man
If you are given a form from the school or sports organization that needs to be completed by a physician, please bring that with you to the sports physical, along with any information regarding medications, supplements, allergies, immunizations, and other pertinent medical information.
CALL 602-248-0083 TO SCHEDULE A SPORTS PHYSICAL!
Kidshealth.org – Sports Physicals
Medlineplus.gov – Sports Physical