You already know that playing sports helps keep you fit. You also know that sports are a fun way to socialize and meet people. But you might not know why the physical you may have to take at the beginning of your sports season is so important.
All American Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute Physical Exams
The sports physical exam helps determine whether it’s safe for you to participate in a particular sport. Most schools require that kids and teens have a sports physical exam before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive sports season. All American Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute highly recommends getting this exam whether your school requires one or not.
The two main parts to a sports physical exam are the medical history and the physical exam.
Details of the Medical History
This includes questions about:
- serious illnesses among the individual or family members
- illnesses that you had as a child or may have now, such as diabetes, asthma or epilepsy
- any previous surgeries or hospitalizations
- allergies (to foods, medicines or insect bites, for example)
- any past injuries (including sprains, concussions, or bone fractures)
- any periods of passing out, feeling dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
- any medications that you are on (including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins )