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What tests one needs to undergo for sports physical exam?

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Hello, my son needs to go through a sports physical. What exams will be perform ? thank you.
Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Puneet Maheshwari 5 hours later

Thanks for the query,

Well, let me start from beginning.

What is a Sports Physical?

In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a particular sport. Most places 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 PPE isn't required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.

The two main parts to a sport physical are the medical history and the physical exam.

1-Medical History
This part of the exam includes questions about:

#serious illnesses among other family members
#illnesses that you had when you were younger or may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy
#previous hospitalizations or surgeries
#allergies (to insect bites, for example)
#past injuries (including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures)
#whether you've ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble #breathing during exercise
#any medications that you are on (including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and prescription medications)

Physical Examination--

During the physical part of the exam, the doctor will usually:

#record your height and weight
#take a blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm) reading
#test your vision
#check your heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
#evaluate your posture, joints, strength, and flexibility.

Hope this will help you and I am ready for future follow-ups.
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Follow-up: What tests one needs to undergo for sports physical exam? 8 hours later
Thank you. Will my son have to disrobe completely ? (he is nervous).
Answered by Dr. Puneet Maheshwari 1 hour later
Hi, thanks for the query.

No need to get tensed, he should be confident, I m sure that everything will be all right.

All the very best for his exam.

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Follow-up: What tests one needs to undergo for sports physical exam? 3 hours later
Thank you. So no genital exam is performed during a sports physical ?
Answered by Dr. Puneet Maheshwari 47 hours later
Hi again,

Though it is part of general check up, genital examination is not always compulsory.

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