When to Get a Sports Physical for Spring Sports

01.25.2017

spring sports physicalWith spring sports seasons just around the corner, you may have a child that needs a school sports physical. Although many schools offer sports physicals at the beginning of the school year in hopes of covering many sports and getting paperwork requirements out of the way, this approach may not be optimal for all athletes.

Timing is Important for Sports Physicals

According to the American College of Sports Medicine and many other medical organizations, the best timing for a sports physical is at least six weeks before the start of preseason practice for the respective sports season. This allows time to further evaluate and treat any problems that are discovered during the physical. Planning ahead for a physical also encourages athletes who are not conditioned to get in shape, reducing the chance for injury once practice begins.

If a sports physical is completed less than six weeks before the start of the season, some athletes may not have time to become conditioned or to recover from treatment. On the other hand, if your child had a sports physical months ago, other conditions may have since developed and the findings of the first evaluation may no longer be current.

Be Seen at RediClinic, 7 Days a Week

If your child is just entering a sports program, if you have concerns that warrant a current sports physical or if you just want the peace of mind that your child is healthy enough to participate in sports, head to RediClinic. Our board-certified clinicians can perform a comprehensive sports physical exam to evaluate whether your child is ready to hit the court, mat, track or field!

While here, RediClinic walk-in clinic also encourages parents and children who have not done so to get a flu shot to protect against seasonal flu. Our clinics are open seven days a week, with extended weekday hours for your convenience. Make an online appointment for a sports physical and be seen the same day or next-day!