To play sports for many teams – and all schools – an athlete must undergo a yearly preparticipation physical exam to be cleared to play. What is the purpose of these exams, and why should athletes and their families take them seriously?

There are several points to keep in mind with a preparticipation physical exam.

If it’s possible, try to have your exam done by your doctor instead of a doctor at a mass screening like those done at high schools. Also, complete the family history section of the paperwork together as a family. And list all past injuries and current symptoms you are having.

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In this video, I explain why each of those aspects is vitally important.

Football player undergoing preparticipation physical exam