Many sports teams, school extracurricular activities, and other organizations require physical examinations in order to enroll or try out for a team. These exams help to determine whether you or your child are healthy enough to participate on a sports team, which is why they are often required to play a sport. At Georgia Bone & Joint, we want to ensure that your athlete gets their physical examination quickly and effectively so that they can be prepared for the sports season ahead of them.
Physicals are usually good for one year, so you’ll likely need to get a new physical examination at the beginning of each sports season. Sports physicals are provided at our Urgent Ortho Plus clinic, which is located within our main Cartersville location. Call us today to get your physical scheduled.
Most seasoned athletes are familiar with sports physicals, but it’s important for newer athletes to know what to expect. At Georgia Bone & Joint, we always make sure that our physicals are quick and convenient. Learn more about what you can expect at your physical examination below.
Height & Weight Check
Our providers will check you or your child’s height and weight in order to ensure that they are in a healthy percentile for their age range.
A standard vision test is often issued during a sports physical because being able to see properly is essential for any sport. Playing a sport without proper corrective lenses if they are needed can cause safety concerns, so we’ll be sure to refer you to a vision specialist if any impairments are identified.
Blood Pressure Check
Blood pressure checks are standard during any physical, and are very important for assessing your overall health. High or low blood pressure may be a concern when playing sports, so our providers will talk with you about their recommendations if this is the case.
Heart and Lungs
Heart and lung examinations are also standard tests during any doctor’s visit. Your provider will use a stethoscope to check on how well your lungs function while breathing, and will also check your heart rate to ensure that it’s not too high or too low.
We all know that muscle function is extremely important, especially when playing a sport. Our providers will examine your muscle movements to ensure that you’ll be able to play your sport safely, with a lower risk for injury.
We’ll also ask you some questions about your medical history so that our providers can have all the information they need while making their assessment. These questions include family history of various conditions, injury history, surgical history, any current or former health conditions, medications being taken, etc.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
While sports physicals are typically quick and easy, bringing all necessary information to your appointment is vital to ensure that we can perform your physical examination as efficiently as possible. Important things to bring with you include:
Physical Examination Form
Whether you are getting your physical for a school sport or through an organization, you will be provided with a specific physical form that your provider will need to fill out and sign.
You should bring a list of you or your child’s current medications, any recent hospitalizations, injuries, allergies, and any other medical conditions so that our providers can have all the information they need to make an assessment.
Primary Care Provider’s Information
In the event that health concerns are uncovered during the physical examination, it’s good to have your pediatrician or primary care physician’s contact information handy so that our providers can send them relevant test results, etc.
If you’re ready to book your appointment for a sports physical in Cartersville, please fill out our Request an Appointment form.