Having your child go through regular sports physicals is important to prevent injuries, as well as to manage any chronic conditions, like asthma, that may impact their performance. If your child is due for a sports physical, contact Charlene Johnson, MD, at Camp Creek Pediatrics in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Johnson provides comprehensive sports physicals for children of all ages. You can easily book a sports physical through the website or you can call the office to speak with a team member directly.
A sports physical — also known as a preparticipation physical exam (PPE) — is necessary to determine whether your child can safely participate in a particular sport. Routine sports physicals are important to:
Sports physicals are designed to keep your child healthy and to prevent sports injuries as much as possible.
A sports physical is very much like a routine well-child exam, except Dr. Johnson needs to perform a few extra tests and screenings. During your child’s physical, she may:
Dr. Johnson also goes over any prior injuries. It’s important to let her know about any concussions, strains or sprains, or fractures that your child may have suffered from in the past. Dr. Johnson also counsels your child about how to prevent injuries, such as how to properly warm up, so they can lower their risk of injuries this season.
Before your child’s upcoming sports physical at Camp Creek Pediatrics, make sure you print out the questionnaire from the sports team, read through it, and bring it to the office with you. It’s also important to bring in your child’s identification and updated insurance card.
If your child suffered from any injuries or had any hospitalizations in the past, request that those medical records be sent to Camp Creek Pediatrics ahead of time, if possible.
Generally, mandates are in place that require your child to undergo a sports physical before beginning a new sport, dance team, or other physical activity. Even if your child has played the sport in the past, they’re probably going to need a sports physical at Camp Creek Pediatrics before the new season starts.
If your child needs a sports physical, contact Camp Creek Pediatrics to schedule a visit. You can use the online scheduler to book a physical or you can call to make an appointment by phone.