Sports physicals: Parents share their thoughts on what should be covered

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June 13, 2014
Teen playing basketball

Going to the doctor may not be on the radars of all adolescents. But many middle school and high school athletes are required to have an annual sports physical – a physical exam by a doctor or other healthcare provider – to make sure they’re healthy enough to play sports.

Sports physicals are sometimes done at a doctor’s office, at school, or at an urgent care or walk-in clinic. They can cover a range of topics, from measuring blood pressure to testing for heart problems and concussions.

What do parents think should be covered in sports physicals?
We asked.

The results of this National Poll on Children’s Health will be published next week. You can read the report as soon as it’s released by signing up for our mailing list. You can also share your thoughts in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter @MottNPCH.

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