Snohomish Pediatric Exams and sports physicals are important because both determine the health and the athlete’s ability to participate in sports. It is our belief that physically fit athletes minimally get involved in sports-related injuries. Both physical exams and sports physicals are required athletes even start to train.
Pediatrics recognize that usually, teens are sports enthusiasts, more often that not anxious and excited to get in the game. Their energy, strength, and determination are vital in winning. However, almost all schools and institutions require sports physicals or an athlete’s clearance to play.
Sports physical will help identify high-risk disorder condition that might affect the athlete’s sports performance playing ability and safe level activity . We also recognize that injuries can occur and this is not ruled out; in fact, we make it a point to avoid future problems while rehabilitating an existing injury.
We recommend that we conduct the sports physicals six weeks before the start of the sports season. This is an ample time that both athletes and trainers can take advantage of to rehabilitate sports-related injuries, or improve physical condition prior to the activity.
We evaluate the following in an athlete during sports physicals: general health, current fitness level, existing injuries, injury risks, and physical maturity.
Two components comprise the pediatric exams and sports physicals: the medical history and the actual physical exam of the athlete. The medical history will help identify conditions that might affect the the athletes ability to participate and perform in the sport. The following are checked and addressed during the medical history:
- Immunization status
- Excessive weight loss or gain history
- Asthma history
- Serious illness in the family
- Dizziness and collapse during physical activities
- Menstrual history
- Occular and dental history
- Past conditions like fractures, concussions, etc.
- Drug, alcohol, or supplement use such as diet pills and steroids.
The physical examination on the other hand focuses on the evaluation of the following:
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure
- Musculoskeletal Issues (posture)
- Flexibility and endurance assessment
If we find that there are discrepancies in the test of the athlete, we can work together to develop a plan to help athletes get ready for the competition. This is why it is a must that athletes get their pediatric tests and sports physicals at least six weeks before the start of the season. If everything is in order, athletes are cleared and are provided the go signal to proceed with their training and competition.
With McQuinn Naturopathic, we offer Snohomish Pediatric Exams and sports physicals at our clinic can help rehabilitate athletes to make them stronger and prevent those injuries from happening again.