Believe it or not, it’s time for student-athletes to get their physicals now for the fall sports season. That way, if a medical issue is discovered that needs to be addressed — and 15 to 20 percent of the time one is found — it gives doctors plenty of time to treat it before kickoff. […]
I love this time of year as a pediatrician because I get to see so many athletes for their sports physical. It’s fun to see their excitement and passion for their sport. As a pediatrician for 19 years in the same community, I have seen so many of these teens grow up and it brings me joy to see them happy, healthy and exercising.
With summer in full swing, now is the ideal time to get your preseason sports physical. Don’t wait until the day before practice starts because 15 percent of the time we find a medical issue that needs to be addressed.
Believe it or not, it’s time for student athletes to get their physicals now for the fall sports season. This way, if we find something – and 15 to 20 percent of the time we do – it gives us plenty of time to treat the condition before kickoff. It’s also best to have the sports physical done at your child’s primary care office.
There’s currently a raging debate about whether all kids should get an EKG in their sports physical to help prevent sudden cardiac deaths. The debate brings up concerns about cost and false positives with the test.
Though it’s mid-summer, high school athletes should start thinking about the “who, when and what” for their preseason sports physicals.