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4 Reasons Sports Physicals Are Important for Student Athletes in Louisiana

Each year, we receive questions from parents who wonder why a sports physical is required for students to participate in extracurricular sports – especially when they had one just a year before. To some, it seems they’re just a piece of paper. But sports physicals offer a quick and easy way to check on your child’s health and now is a great time, thanks to our fall special.

Fall sports make a sports physical especially important – besides that, they’re commonly required. Here’s why:

#1: It’s hot! Knowing of any conditions helps you adjust your child’s activity if needed.

#2: Sports are intense these days! Kids train and condition at a level that requires awareness of any conditions that should be monitored.

#3: Kids are often going 0-60 mph after a summer of leisure – they’re often less fit than usual.

#4: Kids grow fast! A lot changes in a young person’s body between annual check-ups.

What’s In a Sports Physical?

A sports physical begins with a medical history review that covers lifestyle, previous illnesses or injuries, health challenges or concerns as well as:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Oxygen saturation
  • Vision
  • Muscle strength
  • Posture, flexibility, joints

SouthStar Urgent Care makes it quick and easy to get your student athlete ready to play: You can walk in or check-in online at all SouthStar locations just about any time it’s convenient for you, including during evening and weekend hours. Make sure your kids are ready to play and come see one of our providers for this very important check-up. Find a clinic, check out our hours or check-in online and head this way now!

Reviewed by: Katie Sanne, FNP-C