Sports Physical

Sports Physical
For many children a physical is needed before they begin school or join a sports team. At Comprehensive Pediatric Care, Dr. Ghavami offers these physicals to children from throughout the Ridgewood, New Jersey area.

Sports Physical Q & A

by Zia Ghavami, M.D.

Why would my child need a physical before going to a school or joining a sports team?

A common part of growing and developing is changing health and wellness. A physical can provide the opportunity to monitor your child’s growth and development, and to make sure that any potential issues are treated as quickly as possible. Sports physicals complement annual exams, and their precise goal is to determine if your child is healthy enough to participate in sport. Each school district will have different requirements which will be checked for during the exam. For some schools, a vaccination record will also need to be obtained before a child is cleared to participate in sport. This is to protect the overall health of the entire classroom, sports teams, and community.

How can I prepare my child for the sports or school physical?

Comprehensive Pediatric Care can provide the information about what information you need to bring for your child’s physical. This can include talking about any changes since your child’s last physical, any changes to family medical history, and a list of any over-the-counter or prescription medications currently being taken by your child. Letting your child know what to expect prior to the physical will help to prepare them as well. Some of the checks that will be performed by Dr. Ghavami can include:

  • Ears, nose, and throat
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart and lungs
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Eyesight
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Feel your abdomen

If any vaccinations are needing, letting your child know ahead of time and talking about why they are important, will also help to prepare them better and make them feel more at ease.

What is the difference between an annual and sports physical?  

An annual physical exam is conducted by Dr. Ghavami regularly and will include a variety of tests to record the child’s development and health. Sports physicals specifically assess the child’s health and physical condition related to their ability to participate in the sport. Several of the tests will overlap between the two visits.

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