Little girl at soccer practice

Gearing up for a sports physical

While the summer temperatures are still hot, athletes start preparing for their fall sports.

While you may think sports are all fun and games, it’s important to make sure your child is in good health and physically fit before heading out on the field.

When adults start a new diet or work out regiment, doctors suggest making an appointment to make sure you are physically able to. Similarly, preparation physical examinations sometimes aren’t required, but doctors suggest them to make sure your child doesn’t have underlying health issues and is prepared before heading into training. For example, if your child as asthma attacks and is interested in sports, your doctor can advise how to breathe while running or make adjustments to inhalers.

During the physical, you can expect the physician to:

  • Record height and weight
  • Take blood pressure
  • Test vision
  • Check heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose and throat
  • Evaluate pre-existing health conditions
  • Evaluate joints and strength

A physician may also give tips for potential sports injuries, like how to spot signs of a concussion or how to avoid injuries.

Got a physical last summer? It’s a good idea to head back to the doctor each year just in case a new health issue comes up or an old injury persists.

Make an appointment with your primary care physician to prepare your child. Don’t have one? View our physician finder on