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Q: What is a sports physical?

Posted July 17, 2013 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: The start of the 2013-14 school year is quickly approaching. It’s now the time to think about getting your young athlete into their healthcare provider for a sports physical exam. The state of Iowa requires all young athletes grades 7-12 to have a yearly pre-participation exam. School or sports physical time can be a very busy time of the year at your healthcare provider’s office, so make sure to schedule your child’s appointment soon.

A sports physical, also known as a pre-participation physical examination, is a check-up to assess your child’s health, fitness, and family history.  During the sports physical, the health care provider looks for any diseases, conditions, or injuries that could make it unsafe to participate in sports. A vision exam, hearing test, blood pressure, pulse, weight, height and immunization review are all standard evaluations done at the time of a sports physical, along with a thorough physical exam.  It is also important for the healthcare provider to review personal and family medical history, including previous injuries or hospitalizations, which may impact the health status of your young athlete. An athlete should be medically cleared for sports participation only after the medical history and physical evaluation are deemed unremarkable.

Please contact Unity Point Grimes to schedule your athletes sport physical.

Information provided by Carin Bejarno, ARNP, Unity Point Grimes, 101 S.E. Destination Drive, 986-4524.

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