In addition to a thorough review of your child’s medical history, there are four basic areas a physician will check when giving your child a sports physical: their vision, vitals, joints and flexibility; they will conduct a short fitness assessment as well.
The doctor gives an eye exam to look for proper vision and to see if your child needs prescription lenses or if his or her current prescription needs to be adjusted.
Taking vital signs is always a standard part of every sports physical. By checking your child’s pulse and blood pressure, we can ensure they’re within normal ranges. At this time, we’ll also record your child’s height and weight, since growth spurts and weight changes can increase the load on joints, muscles, and bones.
Joints and flexibility check
Next, we’ll look at your child’s flexibility, joints, posture, and strength. These tests will help us find any areas that are susceptible to injury and then allow us to suggest any potential exercises and tips to help build a healthier body.
The next part of the examination will look at your child’s ears, nose, and throat as well as their abdomen, heart, and lungs. The test will also evaluate their cardiovascular system and will show us if there’s any need to limit any kind of physical activity.
Your child’s medical history review
In addition to the physical examination, we’ll also conduct a thorough review of your child’s medical history because that information is just as important and relevant as their medical examination.
Kids: be ready to talk about your health history. By telling your doctor about certain items in your medical history, such as conditions like asthma or chest pains, illnesses, or surgeries, they will be better able to diagnose problems and prevent complications in the future.
If you get a form to record your medical history, please fill it out (with the help of your parents) and bring it with you. If not, bring this information with you:
- A history of your weight loss or gain over time.
- A list of medicines you take, including prescription, over-the-counter, and supplements (such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs).
- A list of the immunization shots you have had, with the dates you had them.
- Allergies and what kind of reactions you have had.
- Hospitalizations or surgeries you have had.
- If you use contact lenses, dental appliances, orthotics, or have piercings.
- Illnesses in your family, including any deaths related to exercise or sports.
- Illnesses you had in the past or have now Illnesses in your family, including any deaths related to exercise or sports.
- Injuries you have had, including concussions, broken bones, dislocated bones.
- Times you passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, had heat illness, or had trouble breathing during exercise.