Playing sports is an amazing way for kids to stay in shape, make new friends, and learn leadership skills. However, before you allow your child to go out on the field or court, they should have a sports physical. The examination will help determine if it’s safe for your child to play a particular sport. The family care experts at Hillside Family Medicine LLC & Occupational Medicine in Anchorage, AK, share insight on what to expect at your child’s sports physical.

Medical History

At the beginning of a sports physical, the doctor will want to find out more information about your child’s medical history, such as previous illnesses, surgeries, or injuries , as well as any medications they currently take. The physician might also ask if there’s a history of any serious illnesses among family members, like heart disease or diabetes. Try to include as many details as possible in your answers to give the doctor an accurate picture of your child’s health.

Physical Exam

pediatric careOnce the family care provider finds out about your child’s medical history, they will perform a physical exam, which may include measuring their height and weight, taking their blood pressure, checking the heart and lungs, testing vision and hearing, and looking at joint flexibility and mobility. The doctor might also ask your child some questions based on factors like gender and age.

Determining if a Child Can Play a Sport

At the end of the sports physical, the physician will determine if it’s safe for your child to play or if certain modifications need to be made first. For example, if your child experiences asthma, the medical provider might suggest using a stronger inhaler to ensure they are protected during intense physical activity. 

A Health Exam form signed by doctor, student and parent/guardian is required by the Anchorage School District to participate in interscholastic and intramural sports. Health exams are considered viable by the Anchorage School District for 18 months and must be current through the season of the sport.

If it’s time for your child’s sports physical, schedule an appointment with a physician. The health care professionals at Hillside Family Medicine LLC & Occupational Medicine have been helping patients with various ailments for more than 20 years and provide everything from pediatric care to women’s health services. For more information on their services, call (907) 344-0200 or visit their website.