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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Sports Physicals 101

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Sports Physicals 101

Summer will be here before we know it and many schools start their fall sports tryouts once the final bell of the school year rings.  It may seem like Junior just had a sports physical and you may wonder why he needs another one already.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of annual sports physicals.

What is a Sports Physical? 

A sports physical in an exam that helps determine whether it is safe for your child to participate in a certain sport.   Most states, including Michigan, require kids and teens to have a sports physical BEFORE they can start a new sport or participate in a new season.

What’s all included in the Sports Physical?

Medical History  – The basics such as (serious family illnesses; personal illnesses that your child has had or currently has such as diabetes or asthma; hospitalizations/surgeries; past injuries; exercising issues including dizziness, chest pain, fainting, or trouble breathing.)

Physical Examination – Recording of height and weight; blood pressure; vision test; checking of heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat; and evaluate posture, joints, strength, and flexibility.

Why is this important?

A sports physical determines whether it’s safe for a child or teen to participate in physical activity.  The physical can help you find out about and deal with health problems that might interfere with your child’s participation in a sport.

Where can I  take my child for a sports physical?

You can schedule an appointment at your family doctors office, or Cassopolis Family Clinic Network offers Sports Physical appointments at Cassopolis Family Clinic, Ranger Wellness Center, and Niles Community Health Center.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.