If you are an athlete, then there is nothing more important than playing your favorite sport of choice. When you are a part of a team you have a purpose to your life. You have meaning. Being on a team can help you to feel important and like you belong. When you play on a team for your school, you also have standing in your school. You may take pride in being a representative of your school.

 

Before you can play for your school team, you are going to need to have a sports physical. The physical will help identify any health issues that you may have which could affect your performance while playing by looking at two different things, your medical history and a physical examination. It is important that your school knows you are physically able to be on the sports team without causing yourself harm.

 

MEDICAL HISTORY

Your doctor is going to ask you questions about your medical history. These questions will most likely be about:

 

  • Are there any serious illnesses among family members
  • If there were any illnesses that kids had when they were younger or may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy
  • If there were any previous hospitalizations or surgeries
  • If you have any allergies
  • What your past injuries were, including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures
  • If you have ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
  • If you have taken any medications, including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and prescription medications

 

By taking a look at your medical history the doctor is going to be able to tell if any family problems could be an issue for the child. Since these questions could be extensive, it is important to have a family member or guardian there who would know the answers to the questions.

 

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

The physical examination will usually include:

 

  • A recording of height and weight
  • They will take your blood pressure and pulse
  • They will test your vision
  • They will check the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
  • They will evaluate your child’s posture, joints, strength, and flexibility

 

If you are a woman, your doctor may ask questions about your period and diet in order to make sure that you do not have something like female athlete triad.

 

Your doctor will also ask questions about use of drugs, alcohol, or dietary supplements, including steroids or other “performance enhancers” and weight-loss supplements, because these can affect a person’s health.

 

At the end of the exam the doctor will either fill out or sign a form if everything is okay. In some cases your doctor may recommend a follow-up exam, additional tests, or specific treatment for medical problems.

 

Having a sports physical done is a fairly simple procedure. The doctors at Las Vegas Urgent Care can perform your sports physical as well as answer any questions that you may have. If you need to have a sports physical, contact Las Vegas Urgent Care today.

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