When Would You Need a Sports Physical as an Adult?

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Most people think of sports physicals as being for kids. This association probably comes from the fact that schools typically require sports physicals before kids are allowed to participate in school sports. However, doctors do perform sports physicals for adults, too. When might you need such a service? Read on to learn more. 

1. You want to join a recreational league.

Recreational sports leagues for adults don't typically require you to have a sports physical to join. But it's still a good idea to get one. When you join such a league, you usually begin challenging your body in new and different ways. The purpose of the sports physical is not just to discover any conditions that might make it unsafe for you to participate. It's also to detect any conditions that you may need to be aware of as you play. For example, if your doctor finds that your right ankle is developing mild arthritis, they may tell you to make sure you stretch that area well before playing and to not jump down too hard on that side.

2. You plan on joining a gym.

Joining a gym can be a great step towards better health. You can set workout goals and work towards them. It's a good idea, though, to see a doctor for a sports physical before you get too active in the gym. This way, you will know if there are certain body parts you need to avoid straining too much. Your doctor may also give you advice regarding your target heart rate, how quickly to increase your physical activity level, and so forth.

3. You've been struggling with fitness in general.

If you have been having a hard time staying active, making fitness gains, or workout out without some sort of pain, it's a good idea to have a sports physical. Your doctor may uncover an underlying issue or two that are contributing to your struggles. There may be a simple fix they can recommend, or they may need to refer you to an orthopedic doctor or podiatrist for more specialized care.

Sports physicals can be helpful for people of all ages. If you have been struggling with your fitness activities, are thinking of joining a gym, or have decided to join a rec league, now is the time. Make an appointment for the sports physical soon. Your local general physician can help you. 

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