Dragonfly Health providers are qualified to perform sports physicals for kids and teens. Our providers will review your child’s medical history, conduct an exam and recommend additional tests and diagnosis if necessary. Following the session, your Dragonfly Health provider will fill in the required medical forms for the athlete.
Also called pre-participation physical examinations (PPE), sports physicals are usually a part of registering youths for participation in a sport. Organizers generally require an evaluation for children to participate, with regulations varying according to the rules of the respective state, school or a sport’s governing body. A PPE helps to assure that the athlete is healthy and physically ready for their chosen activity such as baseball, football, soccer or track. Before registering, check with the organizers about their eligibility requirements. The purpose is to help minimize the risk of injury while your child plays.
Our practitioners provide this service for patients 18 months and older.
Sports physicals help to make sure an athlete can safely play in their chosen sport as required by the state, school or sports organization. Even when it is not mandatory, sports physical exams help to keep vaccinations up to date and provide a chance to discuss any concerns.
Having a PPE protects your child, teammates, and staff from avoidable illness, sports injuries, and even possibly life-threatening situations. As well as meeting the eligibility requirements, there are added benefits to having a sports physical before participation:
Specific requirements can vary according to the particular sport’s organizers or governing body. Your child’s sports physical examination may include:
Parents are reminded to fill out the parents’ sections of all the necessary forms before the visit. Doing so will help to expedite the sports physical exam process. Please collect the following medical information to bring to the examination:
For participants with a history of a heart ailment or cardiac event, the primary care physician or treating provider must provide a statement that they have evaluated the condition and that it does not prevent the athlete’s participation.
Please note that your provider can verify vaccinations given at Dragonfly Health or with proper documentation of immunizations administered by another health care provider. A sports physical exam is not intended to replace a comprehensive annual wellness exam and other screenings.