If you need a sports physical, then you are going to want to go to the doctor to get it. If you have never had a sports physical before, then you will want to know more about it, so you know what you can expect when you go to the doctor's office for your appointment. Here is information on sports physicals you may want to know: 

Why sports physicals are done

A person will go in to get a sport physical if they are planning to start a new sport or if they have been on a break from their sport for the offseason and will now be going back to playing it. The sports physical will be done to make sure that the person is in good enough physical shape to play the sport they plan on playing without there being physical concerns.

Make sure you are physically mature enough

If it is your child who is going to be participating in a sport, then the doctor will want to make sure that their body is physically mature enough to handle the stress and other physical concerns that they will be facing when they are participating in that sport. For example, you may be putting your child in a sport that is going to be physically demanding, but the doctor may find that they are not going to be able to handle it because their body hasn't come to a place where it could handle any impacts they may endure during a game. 

Make sure you can handle the exertion

Some of the things that will be checked during the sports physical are your heart and lungs. They are going to need to be able to handle all of the physical exertions that you will be putting on them when you are playing the sport of your choice. While there is no way to know for sure that something won't happen to someone when they are playing a sport, having a sports physical and getting approval from the doctor will be a great way to significantly reduce one's chances of having a serious health problem while playing. 

Make sure there aren't any concerns with previous injuries

During the sports physical, the doctor will also want to take a look at any previous injuries you have and verify that they have healed to the point where it would now be fine for you to participate in the sport you plan on playing.