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What to Know about Pre-participation Physical Exam (Sports Physicals)

First Med Urgent Care: PPPE

The smell of popcorn and fresh cut grass, the sound of the band playing and cheering fans from the stands, the intense heat, feelings of camaraderie, butterflies in your stomach, small children playing football at the end of each end zone, last minute pep talks, cheerleaders prepping for a lift…If all of this sounds familiar, you have attended or participated in a high school football game, and believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. Whether your children are playing football, volleyball, basketball, track, cross country, or any other sport this year, they will have to be cleared by a doctor by participating first in a Pre-participation Physical Exams (PPPE).

The purpose of a PPPE is to ensure that your child is healthy enough to participate in school sports and to identify those who are at risk for injury or illness.

PPPEs meet athletic board standards and identify the following items:

-Medical conditions which must be treated prior to playing sports: A few of these medical conditions include, asthma, eating disorders, hypertension, and anemia.

-Orthopedic conditions that must be treated with physical therapy: These can be residual injuries from previous years or weaknesses that could be susceptible to this type of injury.

-Those who may be at risk for other issues: These include substance abuse, STD’s pregnancy, violence, depression, etc. The physical offers the adolescent an opportunity to speak in confidence to someone who can offer them guidance.

-Those at risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: There is controversy surrounded whether this should be a mandated test due to the costs associated with giving an ECG to every would be student athlete, but considering that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of sudden death in young athletes, this test is relevant.

What to expect during the physical:

Medical history: You and your child will first fill out a questionnaire on medical history. Points will include: Family medical history, any illnesses or conditions your child has had or currently has, any surgeries or hospital stays, allergies, medication, etc.

Physical Exam: During the physical exam portion, your child’s weight, height, blood pressure and pulse will be recorded. Your child’s ears, nose, and throat will be checked for functioning along with their major organs. The physician will evaluate your child’s reflexes, their strength, flexibility, posture, joints, etc.

To ensure the safety of your child and the best sport’s season ever, make sure you prepare your child ahead of time with what to expect and stress to them the importance of being 100% honest and accurate.

Stop by any of our First Med locations for a complete PPPE.