One of the most important aspects of getting your child ready to return to sports is the pre-participation physical examination, or sports physical.
“Sports physicals are essential to ensuring you have a safe and successful season,” says Ryan Morgan, M.D., orthopedic sports medicine physician at Adventist Health Glendale.
This exam has been vital to ensuring that your child is ready for the physical demands of their chosen sport. In fact, many states require that a child receive a physical examination before starting a new sport or competing in a new season.
If you’re a sports first-timer, you may be wondering what to expect during your child’s examination. Most exams have two main parts: medical history and the physical exam. During the medical history, your provider will ask about your family history of illness, any pre-existing conditions your child might have (such as asthma or epilepsy), past injuries, allergies and any medications taken. Many providers consider the medical history to be the most important part of the exam, so be sure to answer these questions carefully with as much detail as possible.
During the physical exam, the provider will check your child’s height and weight, blood pressure, pulse, heart, lungs, joints, posture, and other factors that play a part in your child’s ability to participate in sports. This will help your child avoid injuries and become stronger, more efficient athletes.
So, you may be asking, where is the best place to partner for your young athlete’s best health? Fortunately, Adventist Health Glendale offers many options, right here in your own neighborhood.
From orthopedic sports medicine experts to urgent care center specialists that offer thorough physical exams, we’ve got your child’s pre-, during, and post-sports health covered. Additionally, at our urgent care centers, no appointment is necessary.
To learn more, visit us at AdventistHealthGlendale.org/physicals or drop-in at our Glendale urgent care location at (818) 241-4331.