Before your child starts playing a sport, it's a good idea to see the doctor for a checkup. Your doctor will get a complete picture of your child's health and growth. And the doctor can answer your child's questions about his or her body and health.
A sports checkup can help keep your child safe and healthy. It's not done to keep your child from playing sports. It will give you, the doctor, and your child's coaches facts to help protect your child.
Before the examination, gather any records that your doctor might need. This includes details about:
Be sure to tell the doctor about things that may seem minor, like a slight cough or backache. And let the doctor know what sport your child will play. Each sport calls for its own level of fitness.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any questions.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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