Organized athletics has so much to offer kids, but a sports physical is often required before they can start. Millennium Pediatrics is proud to provide these specialized physical exams to residents of Naperville, Illinois, and the surrounding region. Just call or click today to find a time that fits your busy schedule.
A sports physical is a specialized physical exam often required before kids can participate in organized athletics. These exams are intended to determine if your child is healthy enough to withstand the rigors of practice and play without causing harm.
Your child may need a sports physical before joining a team at school or before playing in a youth athletic league. Some camps even require a sports physical before your child can register or attend.
In general, organizations that require sports physicals provide the paperwork necessary to meet this requirement. If you do not receive paperwork from the referring organization, your child’s pediatrician can complete a basic sports physical document that should suffice.
Many elements of a sports physical will be similar to what happens when you come in for a routine pediatric exam. Expect a brief gathering of basic information like height, weight, and blood pressure.
Some of the other areas of focus within a sports physical might include:
Your child’s pediatrician might ask questions about diet, activity levels, and health history. If your child is taking any medication or supplements, be sure to let your practitioner know.
Most kids pass their sports physicals with ease. However, if your child’s pediatrician identifies a specific area of concern, it’s possible that they may not be able to recommend participation in the desired sport or activity.
This can certainly be disappointing for both parents and kids. However, if a health concern prevents your child from “passing” their sports physical, try to focus on the positive aspects.
There are cases when a sports physical is the visit that allows a pediatrician to detect signs of a serious health concern. That facilitates early intervention, often increasing the chance of a successful outcome. It’s also possible that your child can still receive a “passing” sports physical after getting treated.
If you need to schedule a sports physical, simply call the office during regular business hours, or book online in just a matter of moments.