A Bend LaPine School District Sports Physical Exam must be completed before students can participate in school sanctioned events. The purpose of this exam is to ensure the safety of individual students participating in sports and ensure there serious medical conditions are addressed.
About 30 million athletes under the age of 18 yrs old will participate in sports this year. The exam is designed to help screen for serious conditions like heart and lung disease, ones that could end in death and disability of not discovered early. The American Heart Association endorses these types of exams and wants doctors to focus on looking for conditions like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. unfortunately, the sports physical hasn’t been able to reduce the sudden death rate in student athletes, but adding additional screening modalities like EKG and echo-cardiogram are showing serious promise.
Asthma is another focus of the sports physical. Diagnosing, assessing severity, and ensuring adequate treatment are the objectives. Exercise Induced Asthma is a major sub-type of asthma and encouraging athletes to see their primary care providers for adequate treatment is imperative in avoiding health care disasters on the field of play and in other aspects of a student’s life.
Screening for blood and/or bleeding disorders is also the job of the medical examiner. Conditions like Hemophilia can prevent student athletes from clotting when injured resulting in a medical emergency. the purpose of the sports physical is to screen, advise and restrict participation if necessary and help coordinate specialty care. Sickle Cell Anemia is responsible for 2% of NCAA football players and its now a mandatory, although waivable, test for student athletes