Sports Physicals for Kids
Most people would agree that physical activities are an important part of your child’s health and wellbeing. You might not know, however, the importance of regular sports physicals for kids. Dr. Fish from Pacific Crest Children’s Urgent Care explains what a sports physical is and why it’s important.
What is a sports physical?
A sports physical, or ‘preparticipation physical examination,’ is a special kind of medical checkup typically done before any type of organized activity. It’s important to realize that they’re useful for more than just organized sports like track & field or baseball. Is your child training for a long hike? Into BMX? How about scouts? Has your child starting to take a new interest in physical activity for health reasons? These are all great times to think about sports physicals for your child.
We do not bill insurance for sports physicals at PCCUC
|History & exam||65||N/A|
|Heart specialist EKG review||27||Optional service*|
* May be advised depending on family or personal medical history
Pacific Crest Children’s Urgent Care is the place to get sports physicals on a walk-in or appointment basis for your child, adolescent, or young adult. Here are a few helpful notes on what to expect when you come to see us.
What do we ask about during a sports physical for your child?
- Chronic or significant health history
- Medications and allergies
- History of sports injuries
- History of sports participation and any associated problems with exercise
- Family history, especially of unusual heart conditions such as heart attacks in young people or heart rhythm problems
What do we check during a sports physical for your child?
- Vital signs including blood pressure
- Head to toe physical exam
Other Special Tests
An EKG (electrocardiogram - or heart rhythm test) is sometimes part of a sports physical exam. In the United States, we recommend an EKG if either your family or your child have a history of heart issues. Other countries, like Italy, recommend EKG screening for everyone. We never refuse an EKG if a parent asks for one.