Health Watch - School's Out: Sports Physicals

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School’s out for the summer, and that means a change in routine for kids, whether they’re at home or in summer activities. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about things parents should think about while their kids are out of school. Summer is a busy sports season for many kids. Before kids start participating in summer athletics, they should have a complete physical.

Organized sports leagues often require some kind of physical exam, but advanced athletes and children who’ve had injuries may need more extensive physicals. Dr. Robert Dimeff, a sports medicine expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a full exam can detect problems early, avoid inflaming old injuries and establish a baseline for evaluating later injuries. Athletes should talk to their doctors about supplements, nutrition and training routines, and they should discuss any symptoms like chest pain, wheezing or difficulty breathing.

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June 2011

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