Children participating in school sports are typically required to have a physical examination and a signed release from a physician. The physical examination includes height and weight measurements, blood pressure check, pulse check, and a look at the eyes, ears, and throat. The physician or nurse practitioner will listen to the heart and lungs for healthy patterns and feel the abdomen for any abnormalities.
If a potential problem is identified, the provider might conditionally approve the activity or provide certain recommendations to coordinate care with your child’s pediatrician if warranted. For patients with a pre-existing injury or illness that may affect performance or compromise safety, the provider will discuss strategies to help avoid furthering the issue.