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Sports Physical Specialist

Northern Virginia Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine & Pediatrician & Internists located in Arlington, VA

Sports physicals clear your child for healthy participation in these extracurricular activities. At Northern Virginia Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Arlington, Virginia, Mary Ellen Gallagher, MD, and Callie Adams, NP, offer these comprehensive screenings for your child. Call to schedule your child’s physical or book an appointment online today.

Sports Physical Q & A

Does my child need a sports physical?

Most teams and schools require student-athletes to complete a physical exam before they participate in practice or games. A sports physical ensures that your student is healthy enough for their chosen sport. 

If your child is going away to a day camp or overnight camp, the providers will likely also request a pre-enrollment physical. 

If there is a reason your child should not participate in certain activities, the team at Northern Virginia Internal Medicine and Pediatrics will note that on the physical form provided by the issuing organization. 

When should I schedule a sports physical?

Because the office can become busy and you don’t want to delay your child’s ability to participate, it’s a good idea to plan ahead when scheduling their physical. Arrange their appointment for at least 4-6 weeks before conditioning, practice, or camp starts. 

What happens during a sports physical?

At the beginning of a sports and camp physical, a technician gets your child’s height, weight, and blood pressure. They may also measure their temperature and oxygen saturation levels. 

The exam includes a thorough review of your child’s medical history and questions about: 

  • Chronic illnesses like asthma or epilepsy, etc.
  • Surgery and hospitalization
  • Sports injuries
  • Allergies 
  • Chest pain, dizziness, trouble breathing, or fainting during exercise

The team at Northern Virginia Internal Medicine and Pediatrics also makes sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date and reviews any medications they’re currently taking. 

Your child undergoes a physical exam that checks their muscle strength, joint health, flexibility, and posture. Your provider may also ask about diet and nutrition and, for girl athletes or camp goers, about menstruation.

What should I bring to a sports physical?

When you come to the sports and camp physical, bring any necessary forms that the provider, school, or team has given you. This way, the staff can fill them out on the spot for your convenience. 

If your child takes prescription medication or wears glasses/contacts, it’s a good idea to bring them as well. 

Set your child up for a season of healthy play with sports and camp physicals offered at Northern Virginia Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Call for an appointment or schedule online today.