Before you can start a new sport, many programs and schools require a sports physical. Anthonia Emezie, MD, of Covenant Pediatrics, PA, in Matthews, North Carolina, offers sports physicals to make sure it’s safe for your child to participate. To schedule your child’s sports physical, call the office today, or book an appointment online.
A sports physical is a type of medical examination that ensures it’s safe for your child to play sports. Playing a sport can help your child stay fit and healthy, but if there’s an underlying health issue, such as exercise-induced asthma, certain precautions may need to be taken before your child starts practice or participates in games.
To ensure your child is healthy and can safely participate in sports, Dr. Emezie conducts a thorough evaluation during the sports physical. First, she reviews your child’s medical history, as well as family history to look for any indications that may make your child’s participation in the sport unsafe. She also reviews your child’s medication and supplement use.
Then, she conducts a physical exam to assess current health. During the exam she checks:
Based on the information gathered during the sports physical, Dr. Emezie can determine if your child can participate in sports, and then she’ll complete the required paperwork. If your child has a health condition, she may provide guidelines on how to manage the condition while participating in the activity.
She also provides suggestions on how your child may improve their performance through nutrition and targeted exercises based on age, activity, and health needs.
Your child usually only needs one sports physical a year, even if they participate in multiple activities. But your school or athletic program may have different guidelines, and it’s best to follow up with the coach or administrator of the program to get the details on when your child needs a physical exam.
If your child needs a school physical, Dr. Emezie can complete that, too. Most schools require a general physical assessment along with immunization records before the start of the new school year. Dr. Emezie’s practice is a full-service pediatric practice and can provide the necessary paperwork and records, as well as update your child’s immunizations.
Sports and school physicals are important for your child’s health. Call Covenant Pediatrics today to schedule your child’s examination.