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Children returned to school and fall sports have begun. If your child participates in fall sports, a pre-participation or sports physical is usually required. Parents often want to know why the sports physical is needed. Sports physicals help determine if the athlete is healthy enough to participate in sports and to help reduce sports related injuries. The sports physical is comprised of both a medical history and an exam. The parent(s) and student-athlete provide the medical history to the physician conducting the exam. The physician reviews the athlete's medical history and screens for potential health risks. The history includes past hospitalization, surgeries, allergies, family history,

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