A sports physical is a necessary document to ensure your child can participate in sports both in school and recreationally. At Baby Doc House Calls, Dr. Goings makes physicals a simple and easy process for all her patients.

What does a sports physical include?

Generally, all physicals begin with a discussion of medical and family history to establish your child’s health background. Common tests conducted during the physical include:

  • Checking heart and lung function
  • Evaluating reflexes and flexibility
  • Examining the ears, nose, and throat
  • Vision screening

Dr. Goings will also check other aspects of your health as needed and remind you and your child of sports safety practices to prevent injury

Does a physical replace a well-child exam?

No, a sports physical does not replace a well-child exam. The goal of sports physicals is to make sure your child is healthy enough to participate in a sports program safely. A well-child exam is more comprehensive and includes an extensive examination of your child’s health.

Do I need to prepare anything for the physical?

Dr. Goings recommends that parents prepare any assistive devices such as corrective lenses, contacts, or oral appliances to their child’s physical.

Any forms your school requires her to complete including pre-participation forms should also be present for the physical.

A sports physical is good for exactly one year. It is important to schedule your child’s physical before the old one expires to ensure that your child’s sports participation is not interrupted. For more information on sports physicals, please contact her office today at (818) 797-5437.