A sports physical is a necessary document to ensure your child can participate in sports both in school and recreationally. At Buono Pediatrics & Wellness, we make physicals a simple and easy process for all our patients.
What does a sports physical include?
Generally, all physicals begin with a discussion of medical and family history to establish your child’s health background. Common tests conducted during the physical include:
- Checking heart and lung function
- Evaluating reflexes and flexibility
- Examining the ears, nose, and throat
- Vision screening
We will also check other aspects of your health as needed and remind you and your child of sport safety practices to prevent injury.
Does a physical replace a well-child exam?
No, a sports physical does not replace a well-child exam. The goal of sports physicals is to make sure your child is healthy enough to participate in a sports program safely. A well-child exam is more comprehensive and includes an extensive examination of your child’s health.
Do I need to bring anything to the physical?
We recommend that parents bring any assistive devices such as corrective lenses, contacts, or oral appliances to your child’s physical.
Any forms your school requires us to complete including pre-participation forms should also be brought to the physical.
A sports physical is good for exactly one year. It is important to schedule your child’s physical before the old one expires to ensure that your child’s sports participation is not interrupted. For more information on sports physicals, please contact our office today at (973) 912-0400.