As a parent of a young athlete, you want to make sure they’re safe while also performing at their best ability. At Northlake Children’s Associates, PA, in Mooresville, North Carolina, Mary-Margaret James, MD, and Majé Goodwin, MD, provide sports physicals — also called preparticipation physical examinations — to ensure your child is physically fit and able to play on a sports team. Call Northlake Children’s Associates or make an appointment online today.
A sports physical is a physical exam that determines if your child can safely participate in a sport. Most schools and sports teams require examinations before allowing a child to join a team. However, even if your school or sports team doesn’t request a sports physical, you should still have your child looked over by a medical professional before they join a team.
During a sports physical, your doctor reviews your child’s medical history before performing the physical exam. The doctor records your child’s height and weight before checking their blood pressure and heart rate. They listen to your child’s heart and lungs, and check their abdomen, ears, nose, and throat. Additionally, your doctor tests your child’s vision and evaluates their flexibility, strength, posture, and joints.
The pediatrician may ask teenage children about their periods, diet, and whether they use any dietary supplements or performance enhancers. They also ask about any previous or existing injuries that may increase your child’s risk of injury.
In addition to the regular physical tests, a sports physical shows your pediatrician that your child is strong and flexible enough to participate in their sport without risk of injury. Your pediatrician can suggest exercises and stretches to help them develop their strength and flexibility to reduce their risk of injury.
They also screen for conditions like asthma, which may require specialized treatment to protect your child’s health and well-being while they train and compete. They may also look for signs of disordered eating that could lead to long-term health problems.
If your doctor finds any issues, they can administer the necessary treatment or provide a referral to a specialist so your child can get the treatment they need to ensure their safety while playing a sport.
If you’re looking for a compassionate and thorough pediatric specialist to provide your child’s sports physical, call Northlake Children’s Associates or schedule an appointment online today.