Doctors may perform sports physicals differently from one another. But they always include a conversation about your medical history and a physical exam.
You may get a form to fill out before your appointment. When you have the physical, bring with you the information the doctor will want to know about your health, your family's health, your medical problems, and what medicines you take.
The physical exam is similar to your annual check-up, but with some added things that relate to playing sports. The doctor will focus on the health of your lungs, heart, bones, and joints. Your doctor may:
- Measure your height and weight
- Measure blood pressure and pulse
- Test your vision
- Check your heart, lungs, belly, ears, nose, and throat
- Check your joints, strength, flexibility, and posture
Your doctor may ask questions about:
- Use of drugs, alcohol, and supplements
- About your menstrual periods if you're a girl or woman