If your child is enrolled in sports, he or she will likely need a sports physical at some point. You may be wondering what the difference is between a Sports Physical and an Annual Physical. If so, let us help. Below we break down the differences and what to expect at your next Sports Physical.

Sports Physical vs Annual Physical

The goal of a sports physical is to prevent sports-related injuries. During the appointment, a doctor will ensure that your child is healthy enough for the sports activities they plan to participate in. They can also provide guidance for injury prevention to help your child stay safe on the field all season long. 

What to Expect During a Sports Physical

The doctor will complete a comprehensive exam checking height, weight, blood pressure, and heart rate. He or she will also assess your child’s heart, lungs,and abdomen as well as perform an eye and musculoskeletal exam. They will also take a health history and then assess how any existing health issues might affect your child’s participation in sports. 

When to Schedule a Sports Physical

Sports Physicals can be done year round but most are done within the first few months before or after school begins. Getting a sports exam done early helps to ensure that you get the appointment done before the school year starts. An early appointment also allows you to address any pre-existing conditions your child has that may impact their participation in sports. 

Schedule your child’s sports physical today at Bay Area Family Physicians!