Children’s Sports Physicals in Davenport, FL
Expert pediatrician and pediatric specialists at Pediatric Care of Four Corners provide recommended sports physicals for children of all ages. Call (863) 266-0661 to schedule a visit.
When your child decides they would like to participate in a team sport, their school or sports program will likely require they undergo a sports physical in order to ensure they are healthy enough to play. At Pediatric Care of Four Corners, we proudly offer specialized sports physicals to assess your child’s overall health and ensure their safety when participating in team sports.
What types of conditions can a sports physical screen for?
At Pediatric Care of Four Corners, we are dedicated to your child’s health and well-being. Our goal is to provide comprehensive screening, so any potential health issues can be recognized early, allowing you to seek treatment as quickly as possible. During a sports physical, your doctor will check your child’s overall health and look for warning signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, eating disorders, dizziness or shortness of breath, liver and kidney issues, skin conditions, asthma, among others. Your pediatrician will also discuss any medications your child is currently taking, as some medicines can have side effects that may impact their ability to play sports. Your pediatrician should measure and record your child’s lung capacity, reflexes, hearing, vision, height, weight, blood pressure, and pulse, and check your child’s joints, mobility, and strength. This evaluation will provide and overall picture of your child’s health and how well their body functions.
When should I schedule my child’s sports physical?
Generally speaking, we recommend your child receives their sports physical approximately 1-2 months prior to the beginning of their sports season. This allows enough time for you to make sure you have all of the necessary paperwork in order and also provides a buffer period during which your child can receive any necessary treatment prior to their first game. It can also be more convenient in terms of scheduling, as doctors’ offices often book up more fully the closer it gets to the start of major sports seasons. If your child plans to play a popular sport, scheduling their required physical exam in advance can save you the hassle of trying to squeeze it in around your pediatrician’s availability.
Will my child require a sports physical each year? What if they play more than one sport?
For most programs, your child will require a sports physical for each season they play a sport. Most doctors can provide evaluation for multiple sports in a single visit if you ask and can supply necessary paperwork. A lot can change in a child’s body over the course of a year, so scheduling a sports physical at least annually will ensure your doctor can properly asses their health and monitor any changes that may have taken place between seasons. It is important to remember that just because your pediatrician clears your child for team participation one year does not mean they will do so the following season. If your doctor believes there are issues that should prevent your child from playing sports, it is always best to listen to their recommendations in order to protect your child’s health. The doctors at Pediatric Care of Four Corners believe in being upfront and honest with parents about their child’s ability to play sports and can offer treatment for a wide range of conditions that may be discovered as a result of a sports physical.
If your child is interested in participating in a team sport and requires a sports physical in order to play, contact Pediatric Care of Four Corners in Davenport, FL today to schedule an appointment.