Walk In for Your Physical Exam at Emerald Coast Urgent Care
If you don’t already know, a physical examination (often referred to as “a physical”) is a routine test providers perform to evaluate your overall health. Physicals are required for participation in school sports.
In your physical exam, the provider evaluates the general status of your health in order to determine whether or not you are fit to participate in activities. The level of testing and examination required during the physical is determined by the entity for whom the exam is being ordered, such as your school district, the athletic department.
Why a physical exam is necessary for school sports or activities.
The purpose of a sports physical for school is to determine if a student is healthy enough to participate in sports. It also exists to minimize the risk of sports-related injuries. The sports physical exam is designed to identify any existing—including unknown—high-risk disorder or condition that might affect the athlete’s ability to play or threaten his or her safety. These include heart disease, diabetes, sickle cell trait, and asthma. The physical exam also ensures that your child is up-to-date with his or her immunizations, such as the most recent tetanus shots, the hepatitis B series, the chickenpox vaccine, and the measles immunization.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Depending on the level of testing needed, some or all of the following may take place:
- measure your height
- check your weight
- take your blood pressure
- listen to your heart and lungs
- feel your abdomen
- look in your ears, nose, and throat
- check your eyesight
- test how strong and flexible you are
- body mass index