Active adults and children who require a sports physical can obtain one quickly and conveniently at Duke City Urgent Care. A sports physical, also known as a preparation physical examination, evaluates an athlete to determine whether or not it is safe for him or her to participate in specific sports, exercises or other physical activities. A child or adolescent may require a sports physical prior to involvement in school or community organized sports. Sometimes, eventhough they may not require a sports physical, an adult may choose to undergo one prior to beginning an exercise routine or joining a sports league. The exam is divided into two parts: medical history and physical examination.
When undergoing a sports physical, the physician will first need to know the detailed medical history of the individual. In many cases, students may have to fill out a form with help from their parents. These answers are very important, as certain patterns of health conditions in your family history may identify an underlying condition you may have. Answer all questions truthfully — rarely will any response prevent you from engaging in most activities. Most questionnaires require the following information:
- Medications you’re currently taking.
- Serious diseases in family history.
- Dates of prior surgeries.
- Current and prior illnesses or health conditions you may have such as asthma, dizziness or broken bones.
- Drug or alcohol use, including steroids and performance enhancers.