Teen Sports Physicals: What to Expect


If There's a Problem

In most instances, finding a problem during a routine sports physical is not going to keep young, healthy student athletes on the sidelines. Typical problems that arise include adjusting asthma medications to teaching your teen how to properly stretch or buy shoes that will help prevent or mitigate shin or knee pain. If a bigger problem or new condition is discovered, the doctor may prescribe further testing and follow-up examinations or treatment (such as rehabilitation of an injury). While this may mean your athlete is benched for a few weeks, or even the rest of the season, it's important for kids and teens to listen to their bodies and take physical problems, such as recurring pain, seriously.

Injuries that happen on the sports field can turn into chronic and even lifelong problems if not properly attended to.