Sports Physical for Kids

A sports physical is an excellent way to ensure your child is ready to participate in sports. We will explain what a sports physical is and what it involves. We will also answer the question, “What will happen if there is a problem with my results?”

At SportsSafe: Pediatric Concussion Clinic in Austin, Texas, we provide sports physicals to many young athletes. Contact us today if you would like more information regarding how we can help your children.

Cheerleaders thrown in the air after their sports physical.

What is a Child's Sports Physical?

A Sports Physical is a type of exam that shows whether it’s safe for your child to participate in sports. It is also known as a preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE).

In most states, a student is required by law to do this exam before they play school sports. Your child’s school may have the same requirement too. Even in states where it is not required, doctors generally would recommend your child do this test to ensure your child’s safety before they play sports.

What Happens During a Sports Physical?

A sports physical involves two parts: It considers your child’s medical history and then a physical examination is done.

Medical History

Your child’s medical history will be considered using a health history intake form. The form has questions parents can use to get their child’s health and medical history. The parents will also use this to record their medical history.

The questions will be about their previous health conditions, including previous injuries they have had.  

You should encourage your child to answer the questions honestly. This will help your doctor evaluate your child’s current physical condition.

Physical Examination

The physical exam will usually include the following:

  • Your height and weight will be recorded
  • Your blood pressure and pulse will be taken
  • An eye test
  • A heart and lung test
  • Examination of your child’s muscles, bones, and joints

You will also have an opportunity to ask questions about your health, diet, and playing sports.

Why a Sports Physical is Important

A sports physical serves as a proactive measure to identify and address potential health issues that might affect sports performance or increase the risk of injuries. The process allows doctors to tailor recommendations, provide training tips, or suggest exercises to prevent injuries.

How Often Should You Go for a Sports Physical?

You should schedule your sports physical at least 6 weeks before your sports season starts. This will allow time for your healthcare provider to provide further tests or treatment. Sports physicals usually need to be renewed once every year.

You will probably need to complete a sports physical form before each season starts. You can get a sports physical from a healthcare provider, such as at the SportsSafe: Pediatric Concussion Clinic in Austin, TX.

What Happens if a Problem is Found During a Sports Physical?

Most athletes are cleared by their provider and the form is signed. Some, however, will need to do some further tests or receive treatment before they can participate in sports.

The purpose of a sports medical is to ensure safety while playing sports—not to prevent participation in sports. It is very rare for a provider to prevent an athlete from participating in sports.

Should My Child Get a Sports Physical or an Annual Wellness Check?

We recommend keeping up with your child/teen’s annual wellness check with their primary care provider. When an annual wellness check is up-to-date, your provider can often fill out the needed sports physical form based on the wellness check results without needing your child to come in for an additional sports physical appointment.

There are certain instances where a sports physical will be needed in addition to a well-check (some schools require a physical examination after 4/15 for sports the following year) and these are good reasons to schedule a sports physical with SportsSafe or our After Hours Kids clinic.

Schedule Your Child's Sports Physical Today

At the SportsSafe: Pediatric Concussion Clinic, we are providing many young athletes sports physicals in Austin, TX. Get your kid ready for the new sports season by booking their appointment. Contact our office today!