Sports Physicals for Student Athletes: Why Are They Important?

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, athletic injuries account for about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency visits for kids ages six to 19. Sports physicals can uncover hidden dangers prior to the start of the season, which helps keep athletes safe on and off the field. They are typically required about one month prior to the start the season to address medical conditions and modify training plans.

As a board-certified chiropractor, an ART® Provider and an ACE® Certified Personal Trainer, Nathaniel Wiechmann, D.C., specializes in treating and assessing student athletes. During a sports physical, we check for the following:

  • Muscle imbalances
  • Joint pain or tenderness
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Problems with reflexes

Each sports physical also includes a health history check to identify any previous injuries or conditions that may need to be addressed prior to the start of the season. In most cases, the athlete will be cleared to participate in sports appropriate for his or her age. If something needs to be addressed, Dr. Wiechmann may be able to treat the condition onsite, or he may choose to refer your child to another specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

To schedule a sports physical, please use our online scheduling tool. For more information, please contact us.