Back-To-School & Sports Physicals: What’s the Difference?

Back-To-School & Sports Physicals: What’s the Difference?

Preparing for the new school year? Has your child gotten their regular physical? What about their sports physical? At Life Savers ER in Houston, TX, we’ve realized that most parents aren’t actually aware of the difference between a regular and sports physical and would like to take an opportunity to explain!

About Sports Physicals

Does your child play sports? If so, you probably already know what a sports physical is. For those of you who aren’t informed, however, a sports physical focuses on the health history and current health in relation to sports and whether or not it would be recommended for your child to participate. There are many parts of a regular physical that is missing from a sports physical. If your child has already had a regular physical but for some reason, a sports physical is required, we do recommend them. However, you should always opt for a regular examination over a sports examination as it can provide more insight into the overall well-being of your child.

About Regular Physicals

A regular physical or wellness exam involves looking at your child’s health history and overall health, looking at more than just their ability to perform in sports. A regular physical often include the following and should be performed at least once a year whether or not your child participates in sports:

  • Health History Review
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Immunizations
  • Vision Screening
  • Hearing Screening

Regular physical examinations are important prior to each school year as they can help detect issues such as vision problems, hearing issues or even health conditions before the year begins, allowing you to address any concerns before you and your child’s schedule are busy again.