physical education

Sports Physicals

Why is a pre-participation sports physical important?

A sports physical can help you find out about and deal with health problems that might interfere with your participation in a sport. Dr. Benjamin may even have some good training tips and be able to give you some ideas for avoiding injuries. For example, certain stretching or strengthening activities might be recommended to help prevent injuries. Dr. Benjamin can also identify risk factors that are linked to specific sports. Advice like this will make you a better, stronger athlete.

What is a sports physical?

A sport physical has 2 main components, the medical history and the physical examination. The medical history will include questions about:

The physical examination will include:

What if there’s a problem?

What happens if you don’t get the OK and have to see a specialist? Does that mean you won’t ever be able to letter in softball or hockey? Don’t worry if your doctor asks you to have other tests or go for a follow-up exam — it could be something as simple as rechecking your blood pressure a week or two after the physical.

It’s very unlikely that you’ll be disqualified from playing sports. The ultimate goal of the sports physical is to make sure you’re safe while playing sports, not to stop you from playing. Most of the time, a specialist won’t find any reason to prevent you from playing your sport.

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