The Most Important Thing Student-Athletes Should Do

Practices for fall and winter sports are likely scheduled or in progress by now. Is your student-athlete ready for the physical demands of the season?

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Parents know the standard summer drill: sleepovers with friends, trips to the pool, & neighborhood bike rides. If your child is heading back to school in the fall, you might have back-to-school shopping on your to-do list. If you’re the parent of a student-athlete, chances are you’re planning on squeezing a quick sports physical somewhere into the hectic summer schedule.

Why Does My Child Need a Physical to Play Sports?

A sports physical ensures that your child is healthy and able to withstand the physical demands of their sport. This physical takes a look at your child’s overall health as well as any family medical history that might impact or affect your student’s future performance. Sports physicals are extremely important because they are often the way medical professionals catch life-threatening conditions in kids that could be exacerbated by physical activity.

When it comes to medical history, a doctor or medical professional will focus on certain questions. For family history, they might inquire about any premature deaths (before the age of 50) due to heart disease or any family history that includes a disability from heart disease. As far as the student’s health goes, a doctor will want to know about signs of excessive fatigue during physical activity, a heart murmur diagnosis, asthma, or a history of unconsciousness or concussions.

Heart and lung problems, as well as joint and muscle issues, are the main focus during a sports physical. If the medical expert detects an issue, they might recommend a brace or similar modification during playtime. If the issue is more severe, your child might be referred to a specialist. Again, these physicals often catch life-threatening conditions that would otherwise go undiagnosed.

Where Can My Child Get a Sports Physical?

The Tuscarawas County Health Department is offering two different Sports Physical Days. The cost of a sports physical is $30 and you can pay with cash, check, or credit/debit card. (Will not be billed to insurance.)

Thursday, July 22nd
8 am–3:30 pm

Thursday, August 19th
8 am-3:30 pm

To make an appointment, please call (330) 343-5555 x174 or x181. One parent per patient limit. Immunizations are also available for an additional cost. If you’d prefer to bill your insurance, please call for additional dates/times to schedule an appointment.

The Tuscarawas County Health Department is located at 897 East Iron Avenue in Dover, Ohio 44622. You can also visit or find them on Facebook for more information about the Tuscarawas County Health Department and their services.

Audrey Mattevi

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