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What Does a Sports Physical Involve?

After putting in the hard work and acing tryouts, it's time to make sure your student athlete is healthy enough to play. Luckily, getting a sports physical is a relatively painless process, and you can even take your student athlete to a chiropractor to get a physical instead of a traditional doctor. What does a sports physical involve? Keep reading to find out.


What Does a Sports Physical Involve?

Questions About Medical History

One thing you can expect at a sports physical is to help answer a lot of questions. If your student athlete is seeing the doctor that is performing the sports physical for the first time, it's important to come along. You can answer the questions that your student is unsure about. The doctor might ask you whether or not your student athlete experiences the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath, especially during exercise

  • Dizziness or fainting spells

  • Frequent headaches

  • Body image issues that affect your eating habits

  • Vision problems

  • Skin issues

  • Severe allergies

The doctor might also ask about any past surgeries or injuries, prescriptions, and whether or not anyone in the family experienced heart issues or sudden death before age 50.

The Check-Up

Beyond the round of questions, what does a sports physical involve? The doctor or an assistant will check your student athlete's height, weight, pulse, and blood pressure. He or she might perform other examinations as well:

  • Listening to the heart with a stethoscope

  • Checking his or her ears, nose, and throat

  • Testing reflexes

  • Examining the spine and posture

  • A vision and/or hearing test

Based on the physical results and health history, the doctor may refer your student athlete to another physician for additional testing before being cleared to play.


Understanding the Results of Your Physical

Oftentimes, you'll get the results of your student athlete's physical before you even leave the doctor's office. If your student athlete doesn't pass the physical the first time, it doesn't necessarily mean that he or she will have to sit on the bench for the entire season. However, you may need to take your student to see a specialist to receive certain treatments or take medications before you can participate. Your doctor might also be able to teach your student athlete certain stretches that can help with injury recovery. Remember that good doctors have your student's best interest in mind.


If you live near the San Fernando Valley, and you have a student athlete, reach out to Spine Rehab Chiropractic. We can perform sports physicals to ensure your student is in the right shape to perform. We’re fully committed to delivering top-notch patient care. That’s why we provide a variety of natural health options for athletes, including cupping, chiropractic care, and tailored treatments specific to the person. Contact us today to explore the possibilities and request an appointment.