Sports Physicals

VIRGINIA LAW REQUIRES ANY CHILD WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS BE EXAMINED ON OR AFTER MAY 1st OF THE PARTICIPATION YEAR

Sports physicals help us to determine whether it's safe for your child to participate in a certain sport. 

The two main parts to a sports physical are the medical history and the physical exam.

 

During the medical history portion of your child's visit our providers may discuss:

  • serious illnesses among family members

  • illnesses that your child has had when they were younger or that they may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy

  • previous hospitalizations or surgeries

  • allergies (to insect bites, pollen, or other environmental triggers)

  • past injuries (including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures)

  • whether your child has ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise

  • any medications that your child is on (including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and prescription medications)

During the physical examination portion of the exam the provider will record your child's height and weight, take a blood pressure and pulse, test your child's vision, check their heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat evaluate their posture, joints, strength, and flexibility.

 

All of these measures must be taken to ensure your child is as safe as possible while participating in sports.