To prepare for an upcoming sports season, it is important for athletes to receive a thorough screening from their doctor. At Ogden Clinic, we offer a sports physical examination to athletes of all ages. This physical helps an athlete prepare for their time on the court, track, or field by assessing current conditions and making sure their body is ready to handle physical strain. These exams are required by many schools and athletic programs, but even when they are not, they are a good idea to ensure an athlete’s health and safety.
A sports physical examination at Ogden Clinic in Utah is similar to a general physical examination—a doctor will ask for medical history, address any health concerns, check vital signs, observe general appearance, and test mobility. Unlike a general exam, the sports physical will dive deeper into medical history and look for any diseases or previous injuries which could inhibit the athlete’s performance, health, or safety. A sports physical examination should be performed approximately six to eight weeks prior to the start of the season. This head start will allow the doctor to treat the condition, refer you to a specialist, or conduct a follow-up exam.
During the sports physical examination, the doctor will compile a thorough medical history, asking questions about any previous injuries, hospitalizations, or illnesses. The doctor will discuss your habits and lifestyle choices, including diet, current level of activity, and alcohol and drug use. You will also want to inform the doctor if you have a history of asthma, diabetes, dizziness, skin problems, allergies, or other conditions.
After recording your medical history, the doctor will then perform several physical tests including, but not limited to:
Males may also be given a genital exam to check for hernias, and females may be asked questions about their menstrual cycle to ensure it is regular.
To schedule a sports physical examination for you or your child athlete, please contact Ogden Clinic in Utah today!