A sports physical is an exam required by your school to determine if it is safe for you to participate in a particular sport. If you have had a physical done by your primary care doctor within one year prior to the beginning a sport, then you may satisfy your school’s requirement for a sports physical.
Some schools however may require that a physical be done within 60 or 90 days prior to beginning that sport. If your school requires a sports physical then we will schedule one for you to satisfy this requirement. Parents need to remember that abbreviated sports physicals do not take the place of regular yearly physicals as recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics.
A sports physical can help you find out about and deal with potential health problems that might interfere with your participation. Your doctor may even have some good training tips and ideas for avoiding injuries.
Schedule your child’s Sports Physical 352-678-5246. Please bring the school's required paperwork to your visit.
Do I Still have to get a Regular Yearly Physical?
In one word, yes. It may seem to you like overkill, but a sports physical is different form a standard physical.
A sports physical focuses on your well-being as it relates to a specific sport. It is more limited than a regular physical and more specific about athletic issues. In a regular physical, your doctor will address your overall well-being which will include issues unrelated to sports. A regular physical is more comprehensive and should be done when possible.