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What is a sports physical?

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A sports physical -- also known as a pre-participation physical examination -- is a check-up to assess a teen's health and fitness as it relates to a sport. It is not the same as a regular physical. During the sports physical, the health care provider looks for any diseases or injuries that could make it unsafe to participate in sports and reviews the family's medical history to ensure additional tests are performed if necessary.

From: Physical Exams and Teen Sports WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Sports Injuries.” 

Rice, S. , April 2008. Pediatrics

KidsHealth: "Sports Physicals."

American College of Sports Medicine: “Pre-participation Physical Exams.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Sports Injuries.” 

Rice, S. , April 2008. Pediatrics

KidsHealth: "Sports Physicals."

American College of Sports Medicine: “Pre-participation Physical Exams.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2018

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