Parents will soon be offered some long-overdue silence as the kids make their way outside and begin their favorite spring sports.
However, this relief is only possible once parents complete a series of tasks including the submission of registration forms and the payment of any required fees.
Parents should also heed the recommendations of pediatricians and see that their children receive sports preparticipation physical examinations (PPE) during that time as well.
Though rarely required, youth sports exams are easily explained to children and simple to obtain while also offering some very important benefits.
Promoting physical fitness.
The healthy diet, routine activity, and social interactions associated with playing a competitive sport helps participants stay both mentally and physically fit.
Pre-season physical exams also promote healthy habits from a young age, many of which they adhere to well into adulthood.
The early detection and prevention of health issues is more likely in such patients than those who have not had regular exams performed.
Preparing for the exam.
Obtaining a PPE for a child is an extremely simple process and three small details will greatly reduce the possibility of delays.
Firstly, parents should contact a skilled and trusted physician and schedule their youth’s exam as early as possible.
Required paperwork, payment, insurance information and any pertinent prior personal medical histories should also be gathered well in advance of the child’s examination date.
Easing the tension.
Very young children often sometimes have very little experience where medical exams are concerned.
An anxious child is usually fairly uncooperative which can make his first sports physical difficult for everyone involved. These delays can then threaten his chance of participating in the spring sport he’s chosen.
Explaining the process and importance of the exam in regards to the sport itself is helpful in calming nervous children.
Getting a check-up.
During the physical exam, the physician will ask questions about your child’s medical history such as past injuries, hospitalizations, and allergies.
The medical provider will then record your child’s vital signs and check his chest, core, ears, nose, throat, vision, and skeletal makeup. If nothing else, a check-up helps establish a baseline of information that can be referred to later as a comparison to new data.
This is especially useful in patients with uncommon baseline results because future medical personnel are less likely to mistake them for more serious conditions.
Preventing serious injury.
Each sport is linked to a specific set of injury-causing risk factors that can be avoided once identified.
A physical exam lets your son or daughter’s medical provider explain these factors and how the related injuries can be prevented. Obtaining your child’s physical exam at least 6 weeks ahead of time gives his physician the time to identify anything that may affect his participation in sports.
In his efforts to ensure a child’s physical fitness, the doctor may suggest a follow-up, send him for further testing, or refer a specialist.
Spring is upon us and it’s really no wonder why youth sports are so popular. After a long winter spent inside, springtime is the best time to reemerge from your shelter.
As temperatures begin to rise, families begin returning to the outdoor fun and games they’ve been missing.
Luckily, many schools, Little League baseball organizations, and city recreation departments offer a host of youth sports for any age.
Book your child’s physical exam well-before opening day and he or she will surely have a fun and successful spring season.