A sports physical helps evaluate and determine whether it is safe for your child to participate in sports. A sports physical is required in Washington State in order for your child to start a new sport or season every 1-2 years depending on the school district rules and starts after the start of 6th grade. There are two parts to a sports physical – medical history and physical exam.
Sports physicals are important in order to find out and treat any health issues that may interfere with your child playing sports. A sports physical focuses on overall health and well-being as it relates to sports, it is much more specific to athletic issues than a regular physical. At The Everett Clinic, our pediatric department incorporates the sports physical into the yearly well-child exam so that both are done at one visit. The yearly well-child exam is important so that we address other aspects of your child’s health including immunizations, growth, and development.
Schedule your child’s sports physical at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the sports season to allow for enough time for paperwork and any follow-up to occur.
The medical history will include questions such as:
- Heart health history and symptoms
- Illnesses your child had when they were younger
- Current medications
- Serious illness in the family
- Prior injuries and surgeries
The physical exam will include checking:
- Blood pressure and pulse
- Weight and height
- Heart, lung, abdomen, ear, nose and throat
- Posture, joint and flexibility