Your child or adolescent may think they are ready for youth or school based sports, but have they gotten their annual sports physical yet? To be ready to participate it is important that they visit ESD Pediatric Group each year for a comprehensive physical exam and health screening to make sure they are healthy enough for certain activities. These visits can be combined with their annual well exam.
What is the purpose of a sports physical?
A sports physical, also referred to by some schools as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE), is a comprehensive health exam performed by our team of pediatricians and nurse practitioners to make sure that your child is healthy enough to play sports.
What is involved in a sports physical?
When your child comes in will take your child’s blood pressure, weight and height and vitals. We will also perform a quick vision screening. From there, our providers will take over, going through your medical history and asking any questions about past illnesses, injuries or surgeries that may impact their ability to participate in sports safely. Details about your child’s medical history can help us pinpoint possible issues early on so that we prevent complications in the future. Ohio and Kentucky state forms also have a long parent question section that should be completed prior to coming to the visit so that it can be reviewed by the provider.
Once we’ve gone through your child’s medical history, we will perform a thorough physical examination, checking their heart, lungs, stomach and musculoskeletal system to check for any signs of asthma, a heart murmur or past injuries that could impact their ability to play sports.
Why are sports physicals so important for my child?
Detecting health problems through these physical examinations doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t play sports; however, it’s important to identify health issues early on in your child so that we can provide them with medication, lifestyle changes and even modifications to their current activities to prevent serious health complications. By providing your child with the medications and treatment they need now, we can prevent serious complications from happening.
Since your child’s health can change dramatically in just one year, it’s important that you bring your child into our office for their sports physical annually.
It is also important to do your child's sports physical with their primary care group. This is important because your primary care group has the historical background to assess them best. The history and chart are very important to determine safe sports participation eligibility.
Call us at (513) 248-1210 to schedule an appointment for a sports physical at one of our two Greater Cincinnati locations.