Sports Physicals

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My Kids' Doctor

Pediatrics located in Kissimmee, FL & Lake Nona, FL

If your son or daughter plays a sport, you’re probably familiar with the prep work. You need to adjust your schedule to make it to practices and games, buy the necessary equipment, and, in many cases, make sure they get a sports physical. The practitioners at My Kids’ Doctor are dedicated to making it easy to get the right sports physicals. Schedule your child’s physical by calling the office in Kissimmee or Orlando, Florida, or by booking it online.

Sports Physicals Q & A

What are sports physicals?

A sports physical is a medical exam that’s meant to ensure your son or daughter is physically fit enough to play their chosen sport. Many schools and recreational and competitive teams require this physical before your child can start playing sports with their team. 

Sports physicals are similar to your child’s annual wellness checkup in that it gives the team at My Kids’ Doctor the opportunity to assess your child’s overall health. 

But it differs in that your My Kids’ Doctor practitioner specifically checks your child’s body for any risk factors that could make it unsafe to play their chosen sport. This way, you can rest easy knowing they’ll get all the benefits of regular physical activity their sport entails without undue risk. 

What happens during a sports physical?

A standard sports physical generally involves two parts.

Medical history review

During this portion of the sports physical, the My Kids’ Doctor practitioner asks you and your child about their health history. You talk about your child’s personal and family wellness history, including their allergies and past, present, or chronic injuries or illnesses. 

This is also an ideal time to discuss any health questions. Say, for example, that your child sometimes has trouble breathing while playing their sport. 

Your My Kids’ Doctor practitioner uses this information to inform the next portion of the exam, which may then include assessing your child’s breathing, diagnosing exercise-induced asthma, and prescribing an inhaler. 

Physical exam

Next, your My Kids’ Doctor practitioner performs a physical exam to check your child’s overall physical wellness. This includes taking their vitals, checking their heart and lungs with a stethoscope, and assessing their joints, spinal alignment, and other physical factors that impact their fitness to participate in their chosen sport. 

How often does my child need sports physicals?

Your son or daughter only needs a sports physical when it’s requested by their school or team. Generally, they’ll need to get one at the start of each season. 

The team at My Kids’ Doctor is dedicated to making it fast and easy to get their sports physical so they never have to wait to join their team at practice. 

If your child needs a sports physical, schedule it by calling My Kids’ Doctor or booking the appointment online.