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Why Your Student-Athlete Should Get a Sports Physical

Before your child begins their fall athletic season, they should undergo a sports physical to make sure they can safely participate. Most school districts and extracurricular programs require an updated physical to be on file prior to tryouts or the first practice of the season. Depending on the requirements of the program, a sports physical can remain valid for one season or the entire academic year.

There are two main parts to a sports physical, which your physician will be able to go over with you.

Medical history evaluation

Your history of illnesses and injuries are a critical component to the sports physical. If you have previously suffered from symptoms that could recur and affect your ability to play, it is important to check and pay close attention to those areas to avoid further injury and chronic issues. Your physician will also ask about your recovery process and how long it took for each injury. Make sure you bring a list of prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, as well as a list of what symptoms they are used to treat and alleviate such as asthma, allergies and diabetes.

Physical examination

Many of the same things will be checked during a sports physical as a standard physical, including your height, weight and blood pressure. Your vision and hearing will be checked in order to detect any changes from the previous physical. The doctor will also check your heart, lungs, ears and throat for any irregularities and issues that require treatment before you begin participating in practices and games. Areas that you have previously injured, including sprains and fractures, will be examined to ensure proper healing. If the injury has not healed completely or properly, it can be vulnerable to getting re-injured, which can lead to chronic pain issues and take longer to treat.

Treating undetected injuries and conditions

If an injury or illness is discovered during your sports physical and requires treatment, your physician can begin care immediately following your appointment. If you require specialized treatment, we will be able to refer you to a specialist to receive the care you need to eliminate pain and heal correctly. If you do not require further treatment, we will be able to provide you with the documentation needed to participate in school or intramural sports.

Sports Physicals for Fall Athletics in South Plainfield, NJ

If you need a sports physical for the fall season, visit AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield today! Our center accepts walk-in patients seven days a week and offers extended evening and weekend hours to work with your busy schedules. For questions about our services or sports physicals, please call 908-222-3500.