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Camp and sports physical exam

Because kids need special care

Being a kid is fun, and the possibilities are endless. Whether your child is going to be the next soccer superstar or taking the lead role at drama camp, a pre-participation physical examination is important.

These exams help ensure that your child is safe and fully able to participate in an activity or sport. It is also often required by camps or sports organizations.

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About physical exams for camp and sports

You and your child will meet with one of our family medicine providers or pediatricians to evaluate anything that could limit participation in a camp or sport. They will consider existing health conditions or injuries.

What to expect from your child's physical exam

The exam is different than a well-child visit.

During the appointment, your provider will talk to you and your child about:

  • your child's health history
  • if any health conditions may need a care plan to make participation safe
  • past injuries
  • safety equipment, such as helmets or mouth guards
  • concussion prevention and care
  • your child's immunizations (shots) history and needs

More to know about physical exams for camp and sports

This exam isn't meant to disqualify your child from an activity or sport. It's done to make sure that your child is healthy and can safely participate. A well-child exam can also provide a sports clearance for kids participating in high school sports.

Bring any sports or school-required forms to your appointment for review. A provider will determine to what level your child can safely participate, such as:

  • without limitations
  • participate with certain restrictions due to an existing health condition like asthma
  • shouldn't participate and ways to move forward

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Source: Allina Health Primary Care Clinical Service Line
Reviewed by: Kurt Elting-Ballard

Last reviewed: 8/19/2021