Health Conditions Sports Physicals Can Detect

Children and teenagers will require a sports physical before they can start participating in physical activities in school. Spring sports physicals are also recommended for adults who plan to participate in a sporting activity or physically demanding exercise.

You should take sports physicals about a month before you start a strenuous activity. Preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) can help your physician know whether your body is diseased or healthy. If you are healthy, your physician will allow you to engage in physically straining activities.

Some health issues or an old injury detected through sports physicals can limit your ability to participate in particular sporting or physical activities. Health problems can make you prone to injuries and reduce your stamina, making it hard to endure physical activities.

If you have a health issue, your healthcare giver will recommend treatment or solutions such as using protective equipment. Below are conditions that mynoteworld pre-participation physical examinations can diagnose.

1. Marfan syndrome

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, more than 198,000 people in the U.S. are affected by Marfan syndrome. This rare disorder, which is inherited, degenerates connective tissues. Connective tissues help connect or separate and support other tissues in your body.

Because Marfan syndrome reduces the strength and elasticity of connective tissues, it can generally impair blood vessels, eyes, and the heart. If you have Marfan syndrome, you will have disproportionately elongated fingers, legs, and arms and have a taller, slender stature.

If affected by Marfan syndrome, avoid active sports and strenuous tasks as they can cause significant strain on your heart.

2. Heart arrhythmias

The American Heart Association reports that almost 6.2 million Americans have unusual heart beatings.

Heart rhythm problems, medically called arrhythmias, result when the heart’s electrical signals incorrectly function. Electrical signals in the heart coordinate the beating of the heart.

An irregular or abnormal heartbeat can limit your ability to participate in physically demanding activities or sports. Physically intensive activities will increase your heartbeat rate and put you at risk of breath shortness.

3. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy

Also called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, this is a heart issue associated with unusually bulky heart muscles. Enlarged muscles reduce the ability of your heart to pump blood normally.

You may only know you have this particular heart problem after diagnosis because it does not usually show signs and symptoms. If you experience symptoms, they can include irregular heart rhythms, chest discomfort, and dyspnea (shortness of breath).

This heart condition is the most prevalent condition responsible for most unexpected cardiac arrest deaths among healthy, young athletes.

4. Hypertension

Sports physicals can also show if you have high blood pressure. Without managing hypertension, you are prone to serious and chronic health conditions, including stroke and heart attacks.

If you have elevated high blood pressure, your specialist in sports physicals can recommend you avoid certain physical tasks and activities. For instance, your physician can recommend not engaging in sprinting or weightlifting.

Sports physicals can also determine whether you have sickle cell illness or eating disorders like binge eating and anorexia nervosa.

Contact Comprehensive Care Clinic today to schedule an appointment with a sports physicals specialist.

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