The COVID-19 virus thankfully spared most children from illness, but current data is showing that heart muscle fibers can get damaged causing myocarditis in children who have been infected by SARS-CoV-2. The AAP recommends that all athletes undergo a clearance physical exam prior to returning to sports.
While many of those infected had a positive test, there are many others who have not been formally tested who may also have been positive. Therefore, in an effort to prevent any heart-related problems as our patients return to sports we are requiring a pre-participation physical called a “sports physical” for all of our patient-athletes. If you have an upcoming annual physical you can bring your sports forms then, however, if your last annual physical was greater than 3 months prior to the date of the sports form we are requiring a sports physical visit.
The sports physical visit will include a shortened work up of height, weight, and blood pressure, routine screening questions including specific cardiac screening questions, and a physical exam. This visit is NOT considered a yearly physical and your insurance may require a copay.
Our goal, as always, is to put children first and keep our young student-athletes safe so they can enjoy the sports that many have missed this past year due to the pandemic!
To schedule your appointment call 844-437-5455.