Sports physicals are recommended to ensure your child is fit to play a sport safely. Our health care providers will review your child’s medical history, then perform a thorough physical exam. Even if your school or park district does not require it, sports physicals will provide an opportunity to discuss any health concerns you may have. Several sports can be very physical. We want to make sure that your child is in the best physical shape to prevent injuries.
Sports Physicals May Include:
- Medical History Review
- Height and Weight
- Blood Pressure – Less than 120 over less than 80 is a normal blood pressure.
- Heart Rate – Values between 60 and 100 are considered normal.
- Heart Exam – Listening to your heart with a stethoscope, a doctor might detect an irregular heartbeat, or a heart murmur.
- Respiration Rate – From 12 to 16 breaths per minute is normal.
- Lung Exam – Using a stethoscope, a physician listens for crackles, wheezes, or decreased breath sounds.
- Head and Neck Exam – Opening up and saying “ah” shows off your throat and tonsils. The quality of your teeth and gums also provides information about your overall health. Ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries may also be examined.
- Abdominal Exam – Tap your abdomen to detect liver size and presence of abdominal fluid, listening for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, and palpating for tenderness.
- Temperature – 98.6 degrees is average, but healthy people can also have temperatures slightly higher or lower.
- General Appearance – Your doctor gathers information about you and your health just by watching and talking to you.
If your child needs a sports physical, call LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care at 708-352-0330. LaGrange Medical Center is located at 6170 Joliet Road in Countryside, Illinois. We are open 6 days a week – Monday through Saturday.