Posts for: September, 2019
Is your child ready for competitive sports or a new high-octane activity? At Pediatrics of Central Florida in Kissimmee, your team of eight pediatricians perform pre-participation sports physicals to assess physical development, level of condition and other markers of readiness. This required evaluation is key to your child's enjoyment of the sport and to your peace of mind about his or her health.
FAQs about sports physicals in Kissimmee
What is a sports physical?
A sports physical is an in-office medical examination which evaluates a child's or teen's height, weight, hearing, eyesight, vital signs, muscular development, flexibility, medical and medication history, previous injuries, and more. Also, it may include an electrocardiogram, or EKG, to uncover any heart rhythm issues, and administration of any needed vaccinations. A thorough examination reveals potential physical problems before the youngster starts his school sport or participation in a organizational activity such as martial arts, dance or little league ball.
Are there required forms to return to the school or club?
Your school district or club will tell you what paperwork it requires before your child begins his or her activity.
Are the exams different for boys and girls?
At puberty, yes, they are different. Your pediatrician watches girls for something called the female athlete triad--that is, weak bones, irregular menstruation, and inadequate nutrition.
My child has asthma. Will this disqualify him from sports?
No, likely it will not, especially if the condition is well-controlled. However, your child's doctor may change his medication or ask him to monitor his breathing more carefully as the sports season progresses.
Could my child actually fail the physical?
Unless your pediatrician discovers something unforeseen, your child should be fine. However, some youngsters are allowed to participate even when there is a health problem as long as certain accommodations or restrictions are followed. The doctor will note these on the physical form.
Some teens experience cardiac problems when participating in sports. Will the exam catch a potential problem?
The Heart Rhythm Society reports that sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among young athletes, ahead of traumatic head injury. As such, an EKG proves a useful tool is catching unexpected heart problems before they express themselves on the playing field. Ask your physician at Pediatrics of Central Florida if this simple diagnostic test is right for your youngster.
Learn more about sports physicals
For more information on sports physicals for student athletes, or to schedule one for your child or teen, call one of the convenient locations of Pediatrics of Central Florida. Our offices are in St. Cloud, Kissimmee, and Orlando, FL.
In infants, toddlers and preschoolers, the most frequent cause of sore throats is a viral infection. No specific medicine is required when a virus is responsible, and the child should get better over a seven to ten day period. During this period, your child may develop a fever, but they generally are not very sick.
It is not uncommon to experience a sore throat when your child has a cold or the flu. Unfortunately, there are other reasons for sore throats to develop that may be symptomatic of more serious problems. Children tend to have sore throats more often than adolescents or adults, with sore throats being the most common during the winter months when upper respiratory infections are more frequent.
The major cause of a sore throat is an infection, whether it is viral or bacterial, and can also be caused by allergies and environmental conditions. If your child has a sore throat that lasts longer than the typical five to seven day duration of a cold or flu, and is not associated with an avoidable allergy or irritation, it is important to contact your local pediatrician. The following are signs and symptoms to alert you to take your child to the pediatrician:
- Severe and prolonged sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Joint pain
- Fever that is over 101 degrees
- Frequent recurring sore throat
- Lump in the neck
- Hoarseness lasting over two weeks
At the first onset of a sore throat it is always important to monitor the progress and recognize any other symptoms that may accompany the sore throat, which could cause it to worsen into strep throat, inflamed tonsils, or laryngitis. Contact your pediatrician if your child is experiencing a sore throat that won’t go away. Your pediatrician will help diagnose and treat your child’s symptoms.
A hit to the head during a soccer game or a hard fall from skateboarding may result in a serious head injury and even a concussion. The American Academy of Pediatrics describes a concussion as any injury to the brain that disrupts normal brain function on a temporary or permanent basis. These injuries are typically caused by a blow to the head, most often occurring while playing contact sports such as football, hockey, soccer, wrestling or skateboarding.
For some children, concussions only last for a short while. Other times, a person can have symptoms of a concussion that last for several days or weeks following the injury. Not all symptoms of concussions will be obvious, and in some cases take several hours to set in. Look for these signs of a concussion if your child suffers a head injury:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Memory loss or confusion
- Poor concentration
- Vision problems
- Irritability or changes in mood
- Sensitivity to light or noise
Seek Medical Attention
If your child injures his head or you believe he may have a concussion, it is important that the child discontinues play immediately and visits a healthcare provider for an evaluation. All concussions are serious and should be monitored right away. A pediatrician can properly diagnose the concussion and its severity, and then make appropriate treatment recommendations.
Rest from all activities is the best treatment for concussions. Your pediatrician can make appropriate recommendations for when the child should return to future play. Recovery time depends on the child and the severity of the concussion.
Preventing Head Injuries
Not all head injuries can be avoided, but you can do a few important things to prevent them.
- Buckle Up. Make sure your child is properly buckled up in a seat belt, car seat or booster seat.
- Safety Gear. If your child plays sports, make sure he wears appropriate headgear and other safety equipment.
- Awareness. Children should be taught how to play safe and understand the importance of reporting any type of head injury to their parent or coach.
All head injuries should be taken seriously. Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent serious complications. It’s never a bad idea to contact your pediatrician when you have questions or concerns about your child’s head injury.