Physicals vs. screenings?

It’s that time of year to have your annual pre-participation physical or screening. Know the difference that a screening may just be a review and clearance for sports participation. It does not fully replace an annual physical with your primary care MD which is more comprehensive. Regardless, with a screening make sure that it involves a heart evaluation to pick up any irregularities that may be present such as a murmur. Remember that you need to be as honest as you can as the MD is not a mindreader but can pick up things to look for through good questions. Parents need to take care in answering questions to provide accurate information. A proper evaluation involves a good medical history, proper questions, honest answers and a thorough evaluation. Don’t take shortcuts with your health. Have a safe and successful season.

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