What Does a Sports Physical Exam Include?
The typical participation physical includes a height and weight measurement, blood pressure check, and a look at the eyes, ears, and throat. The doctor or nurse will likely listen to the heart and lungs for healthy patterns and feel the abdomen for any abnormalities. They will also:
Determine that the athlete is in general good health
Assess the athlete’s present fitness level
Detect conditions that predispose the athlete to new injuries
Evaluate any of the athlete’s existing injuries
Assess the size and developmental maturation of the athlete
Detect congenital anomalies that increase the athlete’s risk of injury
Detect poor pre-participation conditioning that may put the athlete at increased risk
If the child is aged 17 or younger and the parent/guardian does not accompany the child to the visit, Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine needs to have the parent’s consent form on file. Patients can find the form here.