Playing sports is a great way to have fun and stay fit. Anyone who has played sports knows that you have to pay some extra attention to your health and students who play team sports are required to have a sports physical.
St. Peter's Health Medical Group physicians offer physicals throughout the year to make sure all athletes are healthy and ready to play their sport of choice.
What happens during a Sports Physical?
There are two main parts to a sports physical: medical history and the physical exam.
Medical history includes questions about illnesses and injuries you may have had, such as asthma or a broken leg. It is important to know about medical problems that run in a family or any medicines a person takes on a daily basis.
For example, has anyone in your family had heart trouble? Another important question is whether you've ever passed out, felt dizzy, or felt pain in your chest while running or playing. The doctor may ask additional questions during the exam.
These are the basics of the physical exam:
- Measure your height
- Check your weight
- Take your blood pressure
- Listen to your heart and lungs
- Feel your abdomen
- Look in your ears, nose, and throat
- Check your eyesight
- Test how strong and flexible you are