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How Can Athletes Prepare for a Sports Physical to Maximize its Benefits?

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With back-to-school (and sports) in full swing, Lawrence, KS students are gearing up for another season of sports and physical activities. To kick-start a successful season, be sure your child completes their sports physical requirement as soon as possible. At Lawrence Family Practice Center, our caring team of providers prioritizes the health and well-being of young athletes and students, and we understand that proper preparation for a sports physical can lead to better outcomes. Below, you’ll find helpful information about what to expect during a school or sports physical and how to prepare for your appointment to ensure a smooth and efficient experience.

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is a comprehensive evaluation of a student's health and physical fitness to participate in sports, school activities, or physically demanding programs. This evaluation is designed to identify any underlying medical conditions, injuries, or other health concerns that could impact the student’s (or athlete’s) performance or safety.

Who needs a sports physical?

Sports physicals are typically required for children and teenagers who are preparing to participate in school sports, band activities, or other programs or activities that have a physically demanding component. These exams are usually conducted before the start of a new school year or sports season to ensure that young athletes are fit and healthy to engage in strenuous physical activities. In addition to evaluating whether or not a student can safely participate in their desired sport or activity, a sports physical can also provide critical information about their overall health and even help to identify underlying conditions that may have gone unnoticed.

What happens during a school sports physical?

A school sports physical involves several essential steps to evaluate an athlete's health and physical condition:

  • Review of health history
  • Current health status discussion
  • Family health history
  • Physical examination
  • Vision test

Is there anything I should do before a sports physical?

Fortunately, there is not much preparation required for a school or sports physical, but there are a few things you can do beforehand to make the most out of your appointment, including:

  • Complete any necessary medical forms
  • Make a list of any medications you're currently taking, including dosages
  • Note if there have been any changes in your health since your last physical
  • Be well-rested and have a healthy meal

What should I bring with me to a sports physical?

To ensure a smooth and efficient evaluation, remember to bring the following:

  • Immunization records
  • Medical records from your pediatrician
  • Current medication list
  • Vision prescription (if applicable)
  • Any school/team forms or questionnaires
  • Completed patient forms
  • Insurance card

How long does a sports physical take?

A typical sports physical usually takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete.

Start the season safely with a sports physical in Lawrence, KS

Ensure a successful and safe athletic season by starting with your school or sports physical at Lawrence Family Practice Center in Lawrence, KS. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is committed to supporting young athletes with convenient, efficient, and thorough school and sports physicals. Schedule your child’s sports physical today, and get the peace of mind you deserve.

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