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Prior to participation, most high school and club teams require an athlete’s physician to complete a sports pre-participation physical form. It is important to schedule the appointment a few months before the season starts in case the doctor needs to address any potential barriers for participation.
As children mature, sports physicals often take the place or occur in conjunction with the well child exam. The sports physical exam is similar to a well child exam, but special attention is placed on the musculoskeletal system. It is important that every child be seen on a yearly basis. Prior to a sports physical, it is important to complete all of the necessary paperwork on the sports physical form. Your doctor will want review your child’s health history to see if there are previous sports-related injuries or disabilities. Continue Reading »