When a young person wants to participate in a sport, the team typically requires the young athlete to have a physical exam before being allowed to take part. The sports physical ensures that the athlete is fit to participate in the sport. The exam is quick, but comprehensive, with the young athlete’s entire body and overall well-being and conditioning under review.
Many school districts and sports teams have a legal requirement for young athletes to have a medical assessment before a sports season begins. Young people develop and change at a rapid pace, and an athlete’s health and well-being can change from season to season. A sports physical supplements the annual exams and focuses specifically on the young athlete’s physical health and ability to participate in a sport. The requirements for sports participation vary between school districts and states; most sports teams require an annual physical and vaccination record to protect the overall well-being of the sports teams and to protect the overall health of the young athlete.
The sports physical specifically checks a young athlete’s health and physical condition to ensure that he or she is able to participate in a specific sport without undue risk of injury. An annual physical exam checks the development and health of a child and provides an opportunity for developmental and medical screenings. In both physicals, the doctor will perform a variety of tests and checks to record the child’s overall health and well-being. If your child participates in sports, these physicals ensure that he or she is fit and able to participate without putting their health at risk. The doctors at the Gilroy Medical Center offer sports physical services to help protect and preserve the health of their young patients.
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