If you have a school athlete in your family, then it’s time to start thinking about scheduling a physical for the spring preseason. Physicals are a great way to monitor the physicality of your young player. A physical also helps detect any underlying health concerns such as asthma or a heart defect. Find out more about the importance of why your child needs a spring physical.
When are Physicals Required?
The American College of Sports Medicine suggests a physical should be conducted at least six weeks prior to preseason practice. If any problems are found, this will allow enough time for evaluation and treatment. Most recreational leagues also require a physical in order for your child to play and must be conducted before the season begins. While your child may have had a physical at the beginning of the school year, it’s best to follow up with a spring physical.
What is Measured
Your child’s pediatrician or an urgent care clinic, such as OneSource Healthcare, can conduct the physical. During the visit, the practitioner will inquire about the medical history of your child including – chronic illnesses or diseases, previous injuries, family history of ailments and medications your child is taking. You will want to discuss any times your child has felt faint, dizzy or has experienced chest pain while being active.
Next, a physical exam will be conducted by the doctor. This will confirm whether or not your child is physically able to participate in sports. The doctor will perform the following procedures:
- Checking vitals such as blood pressure, heart, pulse and respiration rate, and body temperature
- Monitoring growth spurts that may add strain on the body
- Testing reflexes
- Height and weight measurements
- Examine ears, throat, nose and eyesight
The results of the test not only determine your child’s eligibility for physical activity, but it’s also a great perspective of your child’s overall health.
Benefits a Spring Physical
Depending on the sport your child participates in, there may be a gap in between seasons. This gives your athlete the opportunity to take advantage of some much-needed downtime. While this allows time for the body to mend itself, it poses a risk of reduced endurance. Less activity poses a risk of injury if your child’s body isn’t conditioned for intense physical activity.
Physicals not only detect your child’s physicality, but it can also detect any hidden health concerns such as:
- Heart conditions
- Sprains or muscle strains
Sports are a great form of exercise and allows them to be socially active with their peers. Knowing your child is prepared for the strenuous physical requirements of a team sport will give you peace of mind about their health and safety.
At OneSource Healthcare, we understand how vital it is to be seen by an urgent care physician when you aren’t well. That is why we offer low-cost, affordable urgent care for those occasional urgent care medical needs that simply cannot wait. Visit us online at www.onesource-healthcare.com or give us a call today at 229-439- 1950 or 229-246-6417.