Sports physicals

Preventing dangerous sports injuries

What is a sports physical?

Playing sports is a great way for kids to stay active, build confidence and learn to work in teams, but at Novant Health UVA Health System we know what’s most important – keeping kids safe.
Not only is the sports physical required by law, but it plays a crucial role in preventing dangerous sports injuries. During the appointment, the doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, assess your child’s medical history and provide any sport-specific information and tips they need to play safely. In rare cases, issues can be identified that prevent student-athletes from participating in sports, but most concerns can be addressed so that your child can get back in the game.

We know that families are busier than ever. That’s why we offer sports physicals at all of our primary care locations, sports medicine and urgent care locations. Schedule an appointment today to ensure that your child doesn’t end up on the bench.

The sports physical versus a well-child checkup

To keep kids healthy – both on and off the field – it’s important for parents to remember that a sports physical does not replace your child’s annual well-child checkup. Use the chart below to learn more about these very important exams. For your convenience, many Novant Health UVA Health System primary care physicians can complete both the sports physical and well-child checkup at the same appointment. Use our physician finder to find a pediatrician near you and schedule your child’s annual well-child checkup.

Sports physical vs Well-child checkup

Sports physical

Well-child checkup

Review of medical history

Yes

Yes

Measure height and weight

Yes

Yes

Blood pressure and heart rate check

Yes

Yes

Check reflexes, coordination, and strength

Yes

Yes

Vision test

Yes

Yes

Check ears, nose and throat

No

Yes

Immunizations

No

Yes

Age-appropriate health screenings

No

Yes

Assess intellectual and social development

No

Yes

Provide age-appropriate information about child development including nutrition, exercise, sleep health, hygiene, and safety

No

Yes