What does a physical include?
Athletes need to bring a copy of their immunization records when visiting physicians. Physicians will check athletes’ vitals, joints, flexibility, vision, and assess them for any limitations on physical activities. Doctors will also check athletes’ weights and heights, as well as take notes about how much weight they gain during puberty. A fitness test includes a check for proper vision, examines the heart, lungs, abdomen, and neck. It also tests for joint health and recommends exercise. Medical history reviews are very important. Doctors need to know about your past illnesses, surgeries, and conditions, such as asthma and chest pains.
When should I schedule a sports physical?
A sports physical should be scheduled 4-8 weeks prior to the start of the season. This will give your doctor enough time to respond to any issues discovered during the physical or see a medical specialist if necessary.
What do they do at a sports physical?
A sports physical includes a conversation about your health history and a physical exam. Your doctor might check your blood pressure, cholesterol level, heart rate, weight, height, and other factors. He or she will also measure your range of motion and strength. You’ll probably receive some kind of prescription if you need one.
Is a sports physical covered by my insurance?
Sports physicals are usually covered by insurance. You should check your coverage with your health insurance provider to be certain. Book a physical today.
What if you don’t pass a sports physical?
If your doctor identifies a problem that could interfere with your physical well-being while playing sports, they’ll work with you to treat the injury before the sports season begins. Your doctor may recommend wearing a medical device if necessary or refer you to a specialized physician for further treatment.