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Sports Physicals Specialist

Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics -  - Pediatrics

Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Atlanta, GA

Being involved in sports is a great way for your child to stay physically fit and active. To meet required medical guidelines of schools and sports organizations, the team at Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics offers comprehensive sports physicals at their office in Atlanta, Georgia. Schedule your child’s sports physical appointment by calling Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics today or by requesting an appointment online now.

Sports Physicals Q& A

Why does my child need a sports physical?

Schools and athletic organizations require medical clearance to be sure your child is healthy and physically able to play. Having a sports physical gives your pediatrician a chance to examine your child and check for any medical problems or injuries that might need to be addressed to make sure your child is safe on the court, field, or mat.

While a sports physical is similar to a routine annual physical, the Old Fourth Ward Pediatric team also focuses on specific issues that relate to sports participation.

What happens during a sports physical?

During a sports physical, your child’s Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics provider performs a comprehensive physical, checking your child’s flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. They note important details about your child’s health, such as their:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure

You can also expect to discuss your child’s health and family history, especially any existing conditions they’re actively treating, such as asthma, diabetes, or seizure disorders. You should also let your pediatrician know about previously injuries your child experienced, such as broken bones, muscle injuries, or concussions. 

If your provider feels your child can safely participate in sports, the Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics staff provide you with necessary paperwork you need for sports registration. In the event your pediatrician has concerns about safe participation due to existing health issues, they discuss them with you to decide how to move forward.

What are the benefits of a sports physical?

During a sports physical, your child’s pediatrician has the opportunity to discuss ways to improve your child’s overall health and sports performance through a healthy diet and adequate sleep. 

The team also provides resources to help your child warm up properly before high-impact activities and options for improving their performance in their sport.

Additionally, your Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics provider takes the time to discuss certain issues with older children concerning drug and alcohol use, stress, and peer pressure, as well as the dangers of performance-enhancement medications. 

To schedule your child’s sports physical, call Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics today or request an appointment online now.