Sports Physical vs. Wellness Check
Do you have a young athlete gearing up for the start of a new sports season? Before they hit the field, mats, or court, our team at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway wants to make sure you have one important part taken care of first—the sports physical.
Why Is a Sports Physical Necessary?
During a sports physical, a doctor focuses on a child’s health, physiology, and wellness to determine whether he or she is ready to take part in a sport. An annual wellness check, on the other hand, focuses more broadly on a child’s overall health and wellness and includes age-appropriate milestones.
Therefore, a sports physical does not replace an annual wellness exam. Athletes should expect to need both a sports physical and an annual wellness exam each year.
Spring Sports That Require Sports Physicals
- Track and field
- Cross country
What Should I Expect During A Sports Physical?
When you arrive for your child’s sports physical, you’ll need to complete the necessary forms, which include information about his or her health and immunization history.
In addition, you want to make sure your athlete is wearing comfortable clothing, as he or she will be asked to perform certain physical tasks to check for slow reflexes, concussions, and joint problems, if there are any.
What Doctors Look for in Sports Physicals
- Breathing difficulties
- Overuse injuries
- Heart issues
- Chronic health issues like diabetes or asthma
Does your student need a sports physical? At our clinics no appointment is needed! Visit AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway today to get your child’s sports physical completed.