Are you a high school athlete? Do you still need to get your annual sports physical? If you answered yes to those questions, keep reading.
What is a sports physical?
A sports physical includes looking at family history and administering a physical exam. A physical exam will check and measure height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, vision, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, throat, posture joints and flexibility.
Is a sports physical the same as a normal physical?
The answer is no. A sports physical is not the same as a normal physical. A sports physical looks at health in relation to a sport, whereas a normal physical assesses overall health. Even though it may seem like an extra task, it’s important to receive both physicals because they both have an important purpose!
Why is a sports physical important?
A sports physical looks to see if an athlete is safe to participate in the upcoming sports season. It’s not meant to keep athletes away from the sport. It’s a way to learn about the athlete’s health, seek additional medical attention if needed, and an opportunity to gain healthy tips from health professionals for the upcoming sports season.
How Can HRUC Help?
At HRUC, you can receive a sport physical with quality care, affordability, and no appointment necessary! HRUC is open Monday- Fridays from 8:00am- 7:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are always welcome!
For more information, visit http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/sports-physicals.html#