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KentuckyOne Health encourages student athletes to get sports physicals before going back to school

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- KentuckyOne Health is encouraging student athletes to get sports physicals before heading back to school.

"Students will soon be heading back to class, and in many cases, back to the field or court," a news release from the health care provider states. "If your children are involved in organized athletics, a sports physical is likely required to ensure that they're safely able to participate in physically demanding activities."

Students are encouraged to get a sports physical -- also called a pre-participation exam (PPE) -- at least six weeks prior to the start of the season, to allow the doctor time to address past or lingering injuries before the season starts. The sports physical is similar to the doctor's exam that most children experience before heading back to class, but it also addresses injuries, training, nutrition and exercise programs.

"While a sports physical will include some aspects of a regular exam, it is not the same, since it focuses on fitness as it relates to a sport," the news release states. "During the physical exam, the physician is specifically looking for diseases and injuries that would make it unsafe to participate in sports. The physician will also review the athlete's pulse and blood pressure, heart and lungs, neurological functions such as reflexes, vision and hearing, spinal alignment and joint flexibility, cholesterol, and a genital exam to screen for hernias in males. Additional tests may also be required, depending on the athlete's family medical history."

Facts provided by KentuckyOne Health:

  • If your child is involved in athletics, a sports physical may be required before they can play.
  • More than 38 million teenagers and children in the United States play at least one sport.
  • The most common injury an athlete experiences is an ankle sprain, which occurs when ligaments in the ankle are stretched or torn.
  • Ankle sprains account for almost half of all sports injuries.
  • A sports physical addresses injuries, training, nutrition and exercise programs.
  • Students involved in athletics often receive a sports physical at least six weeks prior to the start of the season.
  • During a physical exam, the physician looks for diseases and injuries that would make it unsafe to participate in sports.
  • A physician will also review the athlete’s pulse and blood pressure, heart and lungs, neurological functions such as reflexes, vision and hearing, spinal alignment and joint flexibility, cholesterol, and event a genital exam to screen for hernias in males.
  • Many states require students to have a sports physical before they can start the season. 

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