What To Expect During a Sports Exam

Sports exams are commonly required for kids and teens who are participating in sports. Adults may also be required to complete a sports exam in some situations. While it may seem like a  hassle to go to the doctor’s office for an exam, it’s vital to ensure that you’re physically able to participate in the sport safely. Plus, here at Florida Wellness Medical Group, we’ll make it easy for you to get a sports exam with one of our experienced physicians. 

The Importance of Sports Exams

Sports exams are essential to complete for various reasons. For one, during the exam, your physician will make sure that you’re in good health and have the adequate physical fitness to participate in the sport. Your physician can also detect conditions that may make you more susceptible to injury. 

Additionally, during a sports exam, your doctor can advise you on participating in sports safely if you have an underlying condition or are vulnerable to injury. For instance, during a sports exam, asthmatic patients can learn how to best manage their asthma while they’re physically active. If you struggle with weakness or instability, your doctor may recommend a strengthening and/or stretching regimen for injury prevention. 

The Components of a Sports Exam

Sports exams generally include:

  • Measuring your height and weight
  • Testing your vision
  • Taking your blood pressure
  • Measuring your pulse, including heart rate and rhythm
  • Checking flexibility, strength, and posture
  • Evaluating your lungs, heart, abdomen, throat, nose, and eyes

During a sports exam, your doctor will also ask you a range of health questions about:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Dietary supplements
  • Menstrual cycles for women
  • Family medical history
  • Underlying conditions

If you or your child need a sports exam, schedule an appointment with Florida Wellness Medical Group today to see one of our trained physicians.