The Importance of Sports Physicals

Let's see. New school clothing? Check. No. 2 pencils? All set. Just make sure you don't forget one of the most important things about the back to school season—a sports physical. After all, these exams are a great way to make sure an athlete is healthy, and are often necessary for participation n the first place. Here at Sacoto Pediatrics in Falls Church, VA, your pediatrician, Dr. Maria Sacoto, offers sports physicals to her patients. Read on to find out why these exams are so important.

What is a Sports Physical Exam?

Sports physicals help determine whether it is safe for children to participate in certain sports. The main parts to a sports physical are the review of medical history and the physical examination. Most states actually require that children have a sports physical before they can start playing a sport. However, even if a sports physical is not required, physicians still recommend them. The beginning of a new school year is an ideal time to complete this assessment.

Why Sports Physicals Are Important

A sports physical exam can help you deal with any medical conditions that might interfere with your child's participation in physical activity or sports. For instance, if your child often experiences asthma attacks, a doctor might be able to prescribe a different medication or adjust the dosage so that your child can breathe more easily when they run. A pediatrician also can identify risk factors that are linked to specific sports. Advice like this makes children better, stronger athletes.

Get Answers to All of Your Questions

During the sports physical exam, you will have an opportunity to get answers to your questions and medical advice. Your child's doctor may talk to you about health and safety issues, disease prevention, and nutrition and physical fitness. Your child's doctor may also ask about and provide counseling on challenges at school, learning problems, behavioral issues, and other problems.

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If your child needs a school physical exam, why wait? We can help you today! Call Sacoto Pediatrics at 703-820-1951 today to schedule a consultation in Falls Church, VA, with your trusted pediatrician, Dr. Maria Sacoto.

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