Sports and School Physicals in Santa Monica, CA
It most states, the law requires students to undergo a physical examination before attending school. This is done for their own health, as well as the health of others. If they are trying out for a sport, a separate examination related to their specific activity is also strongly recommended. A sports physical can help prevent injury, and ensure that it is safe for your child or teen to participate.
To schedule a school or sports physical exam for your child, please call (424) 365-1800 or contact Vitality Integrative Medicine online.
There are several options when choosing where your child receives their physical exam, but it is recommended that they see a pediatrician. The visit will begin with a health history where your doctor will ask questions about past illnesses, injuries, or hospitalizations. This portion is then followed by the health checkup. Some of the items that your doctor will examine include:
- Height and weight measurement
- Pulse rate and blood pressure check
- Heart and lung health
- Neurological function such as reflexes, coordination, and strength
- Vision and hearing
- Ears, nose, and throat
- Joint flexibility, mobility, spinal alignment, and posture
- Cholesterol screening
- Hemoglobin count
- Hernia check
In medical terms, the sports physical is also called a pre-participation physical examination. It is not meant to take the place of an annual examination. Rather, it is a series of questions and tests specific to the sport your child intends to play.
Your doctor will be looking for potential illnesses or injuries that could flare up as a result of participating in a strenuous activity. They may also prescribe preventative measures such as special protective equipment or medications.
The following conditions are an example of the type of things that may hinder your child's ability to participate in a sport:
- Asthma or shortness of breath
- Dizziness or fainting spells
- High blood pressure
- Frequent headaches
- Eating disorders
- Vision problems
- Past surgeries or injuries
- Heart problems
- Bone, joint, or spine injuries
- Skin problems
- Allergies to food, pollen, or stinging insects
- Liver or kidney problems
- Certain medications
- A family history of heart problems
Meet School Physical Requirements Today
When scheduling your school or sports physical, it is important to remember that many people will be trying to fit their appointment into the final days before the school year. It is recommended that you schedule your own appointment as early as possible.
It can also be helpful to have a list of questions prepared to ask your doctor during the visit. If you or your child needs to schedule a school or sports physical exam, please call (424) 365-1800 or contact Vitality Integrative Medicine online.
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