Sports Physicals In New Castle and Carbondale.
Are you looking for a place to get your child or teenager’s sports physical completed in New Castle, Carbondale, or near Glenwood Springs? Look no further. Castle Valley Children’s Clinic’s in both New Castle and Carbondale offers physicals for school sports like football, basketball, baseball, track and more for children, teens of all ages and grades.
While the inherent risks in playing team sports are the same for everyone, it is important that your child’s have physicals performed to mitigate the risk of serious injuries due to preexisting conditions.
What is a sports physical?
School sports physicals, also known as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE), are a short physical examination that reviews your child’s medical history and confirms your child’s physical readiness to safely participate in sports.
Why does my child need a sports physical?
Children and teens need sports physicals to ensure that they are healthy enough to participate in the sport he or she chooses. Colorado requires that all student athletes have medical clearance to participate in school sports prior to the start of a new school year.
When do sports physicals need to be done?
Children’s and teens exams for school sports programs should be done during the summer before school and preseason practices start (mainly football). This gives us time to remedy any issues or ailments that may keep them from playing certain team and individual sports.
What should we expect during the sports physical?
Sports physicals for children can include the following. Keep in mind that male and female sports physicals will differ slightly.
- We measure your child’s height, weight, and blood pressure.
- We then examine the head, eyes, ears, neck, throat, heart, lungs, abdominal region, and your child’s strength and flexibility. If your child has had a previous injury those sites will be examined as well.
- We look at a detailed overview of your child’s past medical history and your family’s history as well.
Boys and girls will have a few different questions during the exam. Males will be asked about testicle pain, where girls will be asked about their periods.
Your healthcare provider will also ask if your child has or uses any of the following.
- Diet pills
- Other performance enhancing supplements like steroids.
Can you guarantee my child will pass and be able to play?
No. There are many factors that determine whether your child will be able to play certain team sports such as the following.
- The sport they are playing and the position on the field.
- The competition level of sport they are participating in.
- The size of your child or teenager.
- Specific use of protective equipment (may vary by child).
- How strenuous the school sport is your child is playing.
- Your child or teenagers’ fitness level prior to the start of school.
If everything on your child’s exam checks out, they will be given the ok to play sports. In some cases, children will be passed with restrictions.
In the rare event your child or teen does not pass their initial exam, we offer treatments and follow-up exams that they can take when deemed ready.
Please note, sports physicals do not replace annual well care exams. If your child has had an annual well care exam, we can complete the sport physical forms as part of the well care visit. If you have any questions or want to schedule an exam for your child, please contact us today.
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