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Sport Physical

doctor perfoming a sports physical

Sports Physical Specialist

Whether you’re playing a sport socially or you’re training as a professional athlete, receiving a sports physical is an important step to starting your sport’s season off right. Dr. Corey Hunt at Compass Family Medicine offers sports physicals year-round to his patients in
Newberry, South Carolina. Call Dr. Hunt today or request an appointment online.

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical or preparticipation physical examination (PPE) helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a certain sport.

Most states require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. However, even if a sports physical isn't required, Dr. Hunt recommends getting one.

What does a sports physical entail?

A sports physical consists of two main components. Dr. Hunt inquires about your medical history and performs a physical exam.

Medical history

The medical history helps Dr. Hunt identify any conditions you might have that could affect your ability to participate in a sport. His questions could include:

  • Illnesses you had when you were younger or may have now like asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy

  • Previous hospitalizations or surgeries

  • Past injuries like concussions, sprains, or bone fractures

  • Whether you've ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise

  • Any allergies you might have or medications you might be taking

  • Known serious illnesses among family members

Physical exam

Dr. Hunt checks a variety of things during your physical exam. You can expect him to:

  • Record your height and weight

  • Take your blood pressure and pulse

  • Check your heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat

  • Test your vision

  • Evaluate your posture, joints, strength, and flexibility

  • Discuss the use of drugs, alcohol, and dietary supplements

If everything seems fine at the end of your exam, Dr. Hunt fills out the necessary documentation proving you’re fit to participate in your sport. In some cases, he may recommend a follow-up exam, additional tests, or specific treatment for a medical condition.

Why is it important to receive a sports physical?

A sports physical can determine if you have an underlying health condition that could affect your participation in a sport.

For instance, if you suffer from frequent asthma attacks but really want to try out for a school sports team, Dr. Hunt can adjust your inhaler to help you breathe more easily and adequately when you’re running.

Dr. Hunt may also recommend stretching or strengthening activities to help prevent you from injuring yourself.

If you’re looking to jump into a sports season, schedule your sports physical today. Call Dr. Hunt or request an appointment online.

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