How a sports physical from your pediatrician in Jacksonville, FL, can help your child
Does your child want to play sports? If so, your child will need to have a sports physical. Being checked out by a doctor beforehand can potentially help avoid injuries or medical problems by identifying whether your child is healthy enough for sports. Dr. Alexandra Kostur at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, offers a wide range of pediatric services including sports physicals to help your active child stay healthy.
A sports physical is required if your child wants to participate in sports. A sports physical helps to identify any medical concerns related to playing sports. When your child plays a sport, important body functions like heart rate and breathing are pushed to the limit. A sports physical helps determine whether these and other important body functions could be taxed too much by physical activity.
During your child’s appointment, a full medical history will be recorded. It’s important for your doctor to know any allergies, recent illnesses, hospitalizations, current medications, and other important medical information. Your pediatrician will also want to know about your family's medical history. Knowing this information can help your doctor determine the medical risks your child may be facing.
The sports physical also includes a complete physical examination. Your pediatrician will evaluate your child’s heart sounds and heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, reflexes, and muscle tone to determine overall wellness. Your child’s height and weight will be measured and vision and hearing may also be checked.
Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics offers a screening EKG (electrocardiogram) to make sure that your child's heart is healthy enough for rigorous sports activity and to detect any abnormalities of the heart that could seriously affect their cardiac health and sports performance. The EKG screening only takes a few minutes, is painless, and involves placing leads (stickers) on the chest wall, arms and legs to record the electrical activity of the heart. Sudden cardiac events are rare in children, but JK Peds offers this important screening. If your child's EKG is abnormal, they will be referred to a pediatric cardiologist for evaluation and diagnosis.
It’s also a perfect time for you to discuss any potential concerns or ask any questions you have about your child’s medical status. Your pediatrician may also use the sports physical appointment to make sure your child is up-to-date on immunizations.
A sports physical can help protect your active child, and give you peace of mind. To find out more about sports physicals and other pediatric services, call Dr. Alexandra Kostur at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL. Call now and schedule an appointment for your child’s sports physical!