Back to school means the return of routine, homework, and, for student-athletes, after-school sports. Although every athlete is unique, there is one universal (and simple) way to hit the ground running this season: a sports physical.
WHAT IS A SPORTS PHYSICAL?
A sports physical, or a preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE), is a medical exam that helps determine whether or not your athlete is safe to take part in a specific sport. Sports physicals give providers the opportunity to detect any health problems that might interfere with your child’s activity. Most importantly, they give your family peace of mind before game time.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM A CHECKUP?
While both assess general wellbeing, sports physicals are designed specifically with athletics in mind. Unlike a checkup*, a sports physical:
- Evaluates overall fitness level. In addition to taking vitals and conducting a general physical, your provider will evaluate your child’s flexibility, strength, joints, and posture. They’ll determine if they have any physical limitations or areas that may be prone to injury.
- Detects old conditions that can cause new problems. Your provider will ask detailed questions related to your child and family’s medical history. This information will help identify potential problems that may require further testing or activity restrictions.
- Assesses any existing injuries. Sprains, fractures or broken bones, and other limiting injuries will also be examined. Your provider will determine whether or not your athlete is fit to get back to practice.
*It’s important to note that a sports physical doesn’t take the place of an annual checkup!
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
Bring proper identification and the appropriate sports physical form (talk to your coach or a school administrator). Take note of your child’s medications as well as any recent surgeries, injuries, and illnesses.
I’M READY. HOW CAN I BOOK?
At Citra Urgent Care, scheduling sports physicals for your family is no sweat. Simply book an appointment online or walk in when it works best.
From August 1-7, sports physicals are FREE at our new Frisco East location. After that, they’re just $10 through the end of August. We’ll give your athlete a complimentary Sports Swag Bag to take home, too! While supplies last for sports physical patients only.
The ball’s in your court. Book an appointment today!