School sports physicals are important to ensure students are physically able to participate in sports. Most schools schedule a day or two in which students who need sports physicals are able to get them at the school from a doctor. While this service is appropriate for many students, it's not as in-depth as it needs to be for some. Some students require a more intense evaluation of their physical condition and abilities in order to be cleared for playing a school sport. Asthma and diabetes are medical conditions that require a more in-depth evaluation during a sports physical.
For asthmatics, exercising can bring on tightening in the chest, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing, especially when exercising in the outdoors with pollen, wind, and dust that can exacerbate asthma. If your student is asthmatic, this doesn't necessarily mean that he or she will not be able to participate in their chosen sport. However, it does mean that their asthma should be under control.
A pediatrician or urgent care facility will be able to spend more time not only assessing your child's asthma but also in prescribing them medication that will help control it so they can participate. The physician can also provide detailed instructions for prevention of asthmatic symptoms during practices and games, such as taking a hit of an inhaler about 20-30 minutes prior to running.
Diabetes is another medical condition that needs to be carefully checked before a child is permitted to participate in school sports, although for students who have an insulin pump, they may be limited to no contact sports. Without an insulin pump, diabetics can enjoy most sports as long as their diabetes is under control, including football. In fact, Ravens rookie tight end Mark Andrews is a Type 1 diabetic.
As with asthmatics, a sport physical service provider can assess your child's condition more in depth to ascertain if they will be able to participate in their chosen sports. He or she will go into detail about when to check blood sugars before training and the appropriate snacks to eat to help control their blood sugar before, during, and after participating in sports. It's also a good idea to schedule appointments with a nutritionist so your child can learn more about the proper foods to pack and eat to keep their blood sugars steady, particularly if their practice sessions are immediately after school. For more information, reach out to clinics like Port City Pediatrics.