A physical examination is a routine test your primary care provider (PCP) performs to check your overall health. The exam also gives you a chance to talk to them about any ongoing pain or symptoms that you’re experiencing or any other health concerns that you might have. Yearly physicals are something you shouldn’t skip. And if you have a school-aged child who participates in sports or attends camp, physicals are extremely important for them. Here’s what to know about sports physicals:

What Is a Sports Physical?

In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it’s safe for you to participate in a certain sport. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a sports physical isn’t required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.

Why Are Sports Physicals Important?

A sports physical can help you find out about and deal with health problems that might interfere with your child’s participation in a sport. Your child’s doctor may even have some good training tips and ideas for avoiding injuries. A doctor also can identify risk factors that are linked to specific sports.

Where Should I Go for a Sports Physical?

Immediate Care offers school, sport, and camp physicals on a walk-in basis!

You don’t plan for life’s unexpected bumps and bruises, colds and fevers, but fortunately here at Immediate Care, we do. Located in Brick, East Windsor, Edison, Hazlet, Holmdel, Marlboro, Red Bank, and Toms River. We are open seven days a week, including most holidays. Contact us today!