Football practice and sports physicals

Aug 11, 2017 / Sports Medicine

Sports physical - Don’t rush this important process for your young and growing athlete

Although schools and sports organizations often require this step annually, it’s one that is often ignored until the last minute. Sports Medicine Physician Shane Miller, M.D., shares his thoughts on the pre-participation evaluation (PPE) here and in an article online.   To get the most out of this experience, follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and schedule an appointment with the child’s primary care provider at least six weeks before the season. Discuss these topics as a family, take notes and prepare questions for the provider:
  • Family and child medical and heart-related history and cardiac health
  • Muscle, joint, or bone pain or injuries and pain
  • Eating habits and any desires to gain or lose weight
  • Menstrual cycle frequency and any concerns
  • Use or contemplation of using supplements
  • Changes in sleep, mood, or interest in sports or friends
Read the full article on The Athlete’s Parent. There you will find other articles from our sports medicine experts on topics like heat illness, coping with disappointment and ACL injuries in growing athletes. For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine topics like these, please visit our website at

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