What Is a Sports Physical?
In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a particular sport. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a PPE isn't required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.
The two main parts to a sports physical are the medical history and the physical exam. Medical History This part of the exam includes questions about: serious illnesses among other family members illnesses that you had when you were younger or may have now, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy previous hospitalizations or surgeries allergies (to insect bites, for example) past injuries (including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures) whether you've ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise any medications that you are on (including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and prescription medications)
The medical history questions are usually on a form that you can bring home, [...]