Sports Physicals Questions and Answers
The upcoming sports season is fast approaching, and we’re here to help!
From softball to cross country and everything in between, most leagues and teams require children to receive a sports physical before they can participate.
With locations in Mokena and Evergreen Park, we make it easy for you and your family to schedule a friendly, quick appointment. Also, we have added extra staff on the following days because several area schools are not in session, and we want to make it easier for you:
Cost: $25 due the day of the visit.
Prefer insurance? To pay with insurance, you must bring your insurance card to the visit.
Where: We have offices in Mokena and Evergreen Park.
Note: To save time on the day of your visit, we recommend you complete as much of the form as possible prior to arriving to the office. The forms can be downloaded from this page.
Questions: Call our office.
Who needs a sports physical?
In short, all kids from middle school to college benefit from a sports physical each year. All children are athletes, you do not have to play an organized sport to be considered one. Many children will need a sports physical for physically demanding activities they are into like hiking, soccer, hockey, and snowboarding etc. Other children may not be as physically active, but they still get out to play. Regardless of their activity level, all children should get a sports physical from their pediatrician or family doctor.
Sports physicals are more than just a check-in with your family doctor. Sports physicals or well child visits help to keep your child’s medical records and health history up to date each year. This is beneficial, for when the next sports physical is done, your child’s pediatrician has the ability to identify and treat any medical or bone/joint problems that are commonly seen in children and adolescents who play sports. This ensures your child’s health and wellness is continuously monitored and they stay healthy and active throughout their childhood.
What do physicals consist of?
Sports physicals are some of the most important checkups for children, during the examination your child’s pediatrician will check the following:
- Heart health
- Mental health
- Unique concerns (specifically for female athletes)
- Unique concerns of disabled athletes
- Concussions and head injuries
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure
- Lungs, abdomen, ears, nose and throat
- Posture, joints, strength and flexibility
Most exams will relatively be the same for both male and females, however if a person has started or already gone through puberty, the doctor may ask specific questions for each individual to make sure they are healthy.
A pediatrician may also ask a few questions you might be caught off guard hearing, including the use of drugs, alcohol, dietary supplements including steroids or other performance enhancers and weight-loss supplements because these can affect a person’s health.
At the end of the child’s exam, the doctor will either fill out or sign a form if everything checks out ok. In some cases, the doctor may recommend a follow-up appointment or exam, any additional tests or specific treatment for medical problems.
What is the difference between sports and school physicals?
The main difference between a sports and school physical, is a sports physical focuses on the athlete’s health history and physical exam as it only relates to sports and the physical development of the child throughout their childhood in sports. Sports physicals do not take the place of a regular check-up, but they are recommended for children who are active, as it goes in more depth of the child’s activity level and the way their body develops differently from a child who may not be as active.
Where should I go for sports physicals?
Each family is different, and may choose to go where they feel most comfortable or may be most convenient. Many schools have a doctor or nurse on staff that offer sports physicals, however we recommend going to your pediatrician like at Family First Medical Group. Having your family’s doctor to examine your child for a sports physical is a good idea, as your doctor knows your family and your families health history better than others.
Our pediatricians at Family First Medical Group offer sports physicals for your children and adolescents in your home. Our experienced team of medical professionals are available to serve you from 2 different locations. Evergreen Park: 9730 S. Western Ave., Suite 700 Evergreen Park, IL 60805 and Mokena: 10260 W. 191st St., Suite 100 Mokena, IL 60448. Call us today to book your child’s sports physical, and feel at ease that you are getting the care you and your family deserves. We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Hickory Hills IL, Oak Lawn IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Bridgeview IL, Bedford Park IL as well as many other areas in the Chicagoland Region.