School and Sports Physical Exams
Keeping schools healthy one child at a time
Every participant in a school sports team is required to complete a pre-participation physical examination, also called sports physicals. Bay Street Medical offers sports physicals at every medical center location.
Sports physicals consist of two parts: a medical history and a physical examination. The goals of sports physicals are to evaluate an athlete’s general health, current fitness level, risk of injury, and physical well-being. Sports physicals are recommended for students and adults that are taking part in:
- School or inter-league sports program
- Club sports teams
- New fitness regimens
A sports physical allows a physician to identify any conditions that might keep the athlete out of the game or affect performance. Athletes should have a physical six weeks before the start of the sport season; however this can vary due to changing sport seasons. This timing provides an opportunity to address an existing injury or improve conditioning prior to participation in the activity.
Requirements of sports physicals can vary by state and sport. Be sure to check with your sports program administrator about the necessary requirements, in order to be cleared to participate. With extended hours, Bay Street Medical makes it easy to receive a sports physical and return to the game.