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Plan Now for Your Child's Sports Physical

Most kids play some kind of sport, whether through school, a club, an after-school program, or just on their own or with their family. In fact, about 38 million kids in the U.S. play at least one sport

Playing sports has numerous benefits for children, including reduced stress, better sleep, improved fitness, and new friendships. Unfortunately, playing sports also puts your child at risk for sports-related injuries.

Thankfully, you can help reduce the risk of these injuries by scheduling a thorough sports physical with one of our board-certified pediatricians here at Liberty Pediatrics before your child hits the field or court. Often, a sports physical is required before a child starts a new sport or new sports season.  

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is similar to a well-child visit, but the questions and tests focus on your child’s ability to play sports. A well-child exam is more in-depth and focuses on your child’s overall health and well-being. You can schedule both of these visits together.  

At a sports physical, your doctor will determine if it’s safe for your child to participate in a certain sport. A sports physical has two main parts: medical history and physical exam. Your doctor will also make sure your child is up-to-date on her immunizations.

If there is a health concern or issue, it doesn’t mean that your child can’t participate. Your doctor can address these issues before they start playing sports. For example, if your child has asthma, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different type of inhaler that can help your child breathe more easily while running up and down a field or court.

When is the best time to schedule a sports physical?

The best time to start thinking about scheduling a sports physical for your active child is now. Scheduling this appointment for your active child about six to eight weeks out before they start practicing their sport is the best time.

If an issue is discovered, you’ll have plenty of time for treatment, a referral to a specialist, and a follow up visit so that your child doesn’t miss any practice time. You don’t want to delay your child’s return to sports. Plus, with the craziness of back to school tasks later this summer, it will give you peace of mind to have this appointment checked off your list. 

Are you ready to schedule a sports physical for your young athlete? Call Liberty Pediatrics in Vestavia, Alabama, to make an appointment. You can also request an appointment online through this website.

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