Get Ahead This Summer: Schedule Your Child’s Sports Physical Now!

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Every year, over 3.5 million athletes under 14 suffer injuries while playing sports. This is why pediatric sports specialists recommend taking your child for a routine sports physical exam.

A child’s dream of being a professional athlete starts somewhere, but seeing it cut short by a health condition or an injury is as emotionally painful as it is physically. A sports physical ensures your little athlete’s dream lives on by assessing their overall health, identifying potential health issues, and ensuring they compete in the healthiest way possible. And there’s no better time to get a sports physical done than before summer starts when school’s out and the games begin!

Ensure your child’s safety and peak performance in their favorite sports. Schedule a sports physical with our pediatricians today at Children’s Medical Centers of Fresno.

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The Importance of Sports Physicals

Sports physicals are vital for ensuring your child’s safety and optimizing their athletic performance. We usually review your child’s medical history during the assessments, give them a physical check-up, and discuss any further steps needed. The goal is to spot any health problems affecting their involvement in sports. By getting a pediatric sports physical, you can: 

1. Ensure Your Child’s Safety in Sports

A sports physical helps identify any underlying health conditions that could put your child at risk of injury or illness during sports activities. For example, we may detect a heart murmur, a joint issue, or signs of asthma that could affect your child’s ability to participate safely in sports. 

2. Optimize Athletic Performance

During the sports physical, pediatricians offer personalized advice tailored to your child’s specific needs and sports activities. This guidance considers that conditioning and training vary across sports. A thorough evaluation may reveal areas where your child could benefit from additional training or conditioning, enhancing their performance and reducing the risk of injuries. 

3. Meet Participation Requirements

Many schools and sports organizations require students to have a current sports physical, including medical history, immunization records, and completed forms, before participating in sports. 

Benefits of Scheduling Sports Physicals During Summer

Scheduling your child’s walk-in sports physical during the summer provides numerous advantages, ensuring timely evaluation and preparation for their upcoming sports activities. Here’s a breakdown of the benefits of summer sports physicals:

  • Beat the Back-to-School Rush

Planning your child’s check-up for summer means steering clear of the frantic rush just before school starts, making it a smooth and hassle-free experience for you and your child.

  • Flexible Appointment

Many clinics offer flexible appointment times during the summer, making it easier to find a time that works with your schedule. 

  • Thorough and Unhurried Evaluations

During the summer, with fewer patients, we conduct your child’s physical in a more relaxed yet thorough manner, ensuring we identify and address any potential issues. This comprehensive approach will help you feel assured about your child’s health and preparedness for the upcoming sports season.

Preparing for the Upcoming Sports Season

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Early Issue Detection for a Safe Season

A summer sports physical serves as a crucial preventive measure, catching potential physiological issues that may hinder your child’s performance or may get worse with physical activity. Discovering an underlying condition, like a heart murmur or a joint issue, just before the season starts can disrupt your plans and set you back significantly. Identifying these problems early ensures your child receives the necessary treatments or interventions, promoting a safe and successful sports experience. Here’s what to prepare and expect for your child’s sports physical: 

  • Medical History: 

Gather detailed records of your child’s past illnesses, surgeries, and medications. Include any family medical history relevant to sports participation, such as heart conditions or asthma.

  • Immunization Records: 

Ensure your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Bring your child’s immunization records when you come in for the appointment.

  • School or League Forms: 

Many schools and sports leagues require specific forms to be filled out by the physician. Bring these forms to the appointment to avoid delays in your child’s participation. 

  • List of Questions: 

Make a list of questions or worries about your child’s health, fitness, or readiness for sports. This will ensure we cover everything in the check-up. During the physical, the pediatrician may ask you about your child’s medical history, so make sure to prepare this information beforehand. 

Pediatrician’s Tips for Conditioning and Training

At CMC Fresno, pediatricians provide personalized advice tailored to your child’s unique needs and sports activities during the sports physical. This guidance helps prepare your child effectively for the season, enhancing their performance and reducing the risk of injuries. Think of it as a customized roadmap for your child’s training regimen.

  • Customized Exercise Plans

Based on your child’s current physical condition and the demands of their sport, the pediatrician might suggest specific exercises to improve strength, endurance, and flexibility. 

  • Nutrition Advice

Proper Nutrition fuels athletic performance. The pediatrician may recommend a balanced diet tailored to your child’s energy needs, including tips on hydration and healthy snacks. 

  • Injury Prevention

Learn about common injuries in your child’s sport and how to prevent them. This might include warm-up routines, stretching exercises, and proper techniques. 

  • Rest and Recovery: 

Emphasize the importance of rest and recovery. The pediatrician might suggest the right balance between training and rest to prevent overuse injuries and ensure your child stays healthy throughout the season. 


Ensure Your Child’s Safety and Success with a Summer Sports Physical

Get ahead this summer by scheduling your child’s sports physical! Ensure your little athlete is ready for the upcoming season, empowering them to play to the best of their abilities. Prioritize their safety, health, and peak performance with a thorough examination at our urgent care sports physical. For personalized advice, contact Children’s Medical Centers of Fresno at (559) 455-1500 and book an appointment. 

We offer convenient after-hours appointments from 5 PM to 9 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays. Whether in-person or via telehealth, our expert pediatric team provides tailored and comprehensive care to meet your child’s needs as they grow their sports career.

Give Your Child the Best Start this Summer Sports Season!

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