What is a sports physical?
In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a certain sport.
Most states, like MN, actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a sports physical isn't required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.
The two main parts to a sports physical are the medical history and the physical exam.
When should I schedule my physical?
Aim for six weeks before practice starts.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children involved in school athletics should get sports physical exams at least six weeks before the start of the sport's season. This allows time to work up any new health concerns and rehab lingering injuries.
This part of the exam includes questions about:
During the physical part of the exam, the doctor will usually: