Sports physicals are required by almost all schools before students participate in athletics, extra-curricular activities, and recreational events. They are also known as pre-participation physical examinations. The typical sports physical evaluates a person’s ability to perform basic and strenuous physical tasks, as well as monitoring the way their bodies respond to certain movements.
It is important to know if there is any underlying condition that causes your body to react in an abnormal way. These things may not keep you from participating, but rather provide a caution to know what a student should look for when exercising or working out. A sports physical includes check-ups such as blood pressure, evaluating posture, strength and flexibility, in addition to checking your heart and lung function.
Sports physicals are scheduled prior to beginning the activity or season, and are typically valid for a year, unless otherwise specified. If something appears to be in question, the provider will recommend additional tests to be sure that the student is cleared to participate. These evaluations are performed to ensure that the student is able to function without risking/furthering a health condition.