Teen Sports Physicals: What to Expect


Who Should Perform the Physical

A doctor of medicine, osteopathic physician, physician's assistant, certified nurse practitioner or a registered nurse who has received specialized training are all usually able to perform sports physicals. Many school districts offer sports-specific physical exams at school.

While at-school exams do a fine job of addressing issues and screening for potential problems that may pop up for athletes such as nutrition, training and exercise (including overtraining) and injuries (including overuse injuries), the benefit of paying a visit to your family's pediatrician is that you know your teen will have a complete exam. This includes building a medical history and detecting early problems.