The importance of preparticipation physical exams

To play sports for many teams – and all schools – athletes must undergo yearly physical exams to be cleared to play.

What is the purpose of these exams, and why should athletes and their families take them seriously?

There are several points to keep in mind with these preparticipation physical exams.

If it’s possible, try to have your exam done by your doctor instead of a doctor at a mass screening like those done at high schools. Also, complete doctor-taking-patient-blood-pressurethe family history section of the paperwork together as a family. And list all past injuries and current symptoms you are having.

In this video, I explain why each of those aspects is vitally important.

How does your school or team do the preparticipation physical exams? Share your thoughts below!

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