Do I Need a Sports Physical?

A sports physical can not only determine if you're healthy enough to play, but it can also help you be a better player.

Whether you've been playing baseball for years or you are thinking about lacing up soccer cleats for the first time, getting a sports physical is a good idea. Here's why:

• It's often a legal requirement. As part of a sports physical, your doctor can determine if it's safe for you to participate in a given sport and sign off on the legal paperwork required for young children and teenagers to play.

• Things change. Whether it's a new year or a new sport, having a physical is important to your overall health.

• It can uncover potential health risks. Your doctor will consider your medical history along with the sport you'll be playing, and warn you of any potential health problems. 

• It can result in important medication changes. Your doctor will look at any medication you're currently taking, such as an inhaler for asthma symptoms, take into consideration the demands of the sport you're planning to participate in, and will decide if any adjustments are necessary.

• It can help prevent problems. Your doctor will follow up on any past injuries and advise you on how to prevent future ones. He or she may talk to you about the importance of warming up properly and inform you of the symptoms of common sports-related conditions such as shin splints or pitcher’s elbow.

It's smart to schedule your sports physical several weeks before you would begin to play, so that there's ample time for any necessary tests or follow up appointments. To learn about our Orthopedic and Sports Medicine services, visit us online. If you would like help finding a doctor, please call us at 1-855-477-DRMC for a physician referral.

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