Summer is in full swing! Before you know it, school will be starting up again. If you participate in school sports, your school may require athletes to be examined by a doctor and medically cleared to play. These important appointments contribute to athletes enjoying safe and healthy sports seasons, as it addresses issues that only a healthcare provider can see. Discover how you can prepare and what you can expect at your sports physical:
How You Can Prepare
Make sure you’re prepared for your sports physical by knowing your family’s medical history and your own medical symptoms that might be an issue. If you’re unsure about your family’s medical history, ask questions! Your parents or siblings may be able to tell you things you didn’t already know.
Depending on your specific insurance plan, you may need a referral to see a sports medicine doctor. If you have any questions about our referral policy, you can give us a call. We are proud to serve all athletes in the community with our sports medicine services! You don’t have to be a Mercer student or high school athlete to make an appointment. From adolescents to adults, we want to help you enjoy this next season of sports.
What to Expect
At your appointment, your doctor will review your medical history, ask you several questions, and perform a simple physical exam to ensure you’re healthy enough to play in your chosen sport. During this appointment, it’s vital that you are open and honest with your doctor about any concerns or symptoms you’ve been experiencing. Oftentimes, preventative measures can help avoid bigger, painful issues that may arise in the future.
Although it’s still summer, now is the perfect time to schedule your sports physical exam. This way, if your doctor finds any issues that needs addressing, you have 6-8 weeks to treat the condition and have a follow-up exam in order to play your fall sport.