The Importance Of Children's Sports Physicals
By Kenneth J. Kim Pediatrics
June 13, 2017
Tags: Sports Physical  

Children’s sports physicals are an important part of preparing them for participation in athletic activities. Sports physicals allow the doctor toSports Physicals ensure your child is healthy enough to play sports, as well as to discuss any potential injury risks. Many youth sports programs even require a current physical before your child can participate. In Fairfax, VA, children’s sports physicals are performed by Dr. Kenneth Kim of Kenneth J Kim Pediatrics.

Sports Physicals

Sports physicals help confirm your child is healthy and in good shape for sports participation. Various aspects of your child’s health will be examined during the physical to ensure everything is in good working order. Some of the things typically checked during a sports physical include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Lungs and breathing
  • Heartbeat or pulse
  • Eyes, ears, nose and throat
  • Abdomen
  • Reflexes
  • Height
  • Weight

In addition to checking things like heartbeat and breathing, the doctor will likely also ask questions about your child’s dietary habits and daily physical activity. Other things the doctor might inquire about include allergies, current medications and unusual symptoms (such as dizziness or chest pain) your child might be experiencing. You will likely also be asked if your child has any history of serious illness or injury.

Preparing your child for participation in sports should always include getting an updated physical. The physical lets you confirm your child is healthy enough to play. During the physical, the doctor can also advise you on how best to prevent or minimize the risk of sports-related injuries. For children’s sports physicals in Fairfax, VA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim by calling Kenneth J Kim Pediatrics at (703) 246-0022.

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