When it comes to preparing for football season, two-a-days may be the first thing that comes to mind. But, throwing the ball around and learning plays aren’t the only ways to get ready. A sports physical is the first step toward the playing field, one that every child should take prior to each year’s season.
What Are They?
Sports physicals are slightly different than a general wellness checkup because they take into account the specific requirements of the game your child will be playing. For example, football players can sustain more blows to the head and shoulders than athletes in other sports, so the doctor might look closer at those parts of the body to ensure they’re fit enough to handle the rigors of the game. He or she can also recommend steps to avoid injuries based on your child’s physical condition. For example, the doctor might notice that your child’s left knee is weak or has had a previous injury, and so might recommend wearing a knee brace during practices to support and avoid further injury to that joint.
What to Expect
At a sports physical, the doctor may:
Why Should Your Child Get a Sports Physical Before Playing Football?
So, why should you get a sports physical for your little football player? To understand why it’s necessary, it helps to know a few facts about it:
A sports physical is not a replacement for a yearly checkup, and you’ll still need to make an appointment with your doctor for a general physical, or see if he or she can do the general one at the same time. In any case, sports physicals are an important part of prepping for football season, and by ensuring your child receives one each year, you’ll set them up to have a better, and healthier, season.
This article was written by Kara Alcamo, freelance writer and concerned mother.
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