Top 5 Purposes of a Physical

We have all had a physical at one point in our lives or another. Certain careers, like being a commercial truck driver or airline pilot, require far more physical checkups than others. Similarly, most states require physicals for entry into certain grades and sports. So why are physicals so important?

Prepare for Sports
One specific type of physical, a sports physical, is also known as a pre-participation physical examination. A PPE helps a doctor determine if a child is safe to participate in a sport based on medical history and current physical condition. It’s important for a doctor to identify any problems that could interfere with the sport or pose harm to the child, like asthma.

Meet Specific Guidelines
It’s more and more common for students and employees to need satisfactory physicals before entering school or being accepted for a job.  Schools need to know that all students have received the correct vaccinations and be aware of any major health problems that could impact education or call for coordination with the school nurse or other classroom adaptations.

In the workplace, on the other hand, employment exams confirm that workers are in good health and can perform the jobs required. For manual laborers, that means possessing enough physical strength for the job. For pilots and drivers, that involves remaining in appropriate physical and mental condition to guarantee safety.

Smart Prevention
A physical is your doctor’s best time to ensure your body is still in good health. Any lurking problems could be discovered at a physical and treated efficiently with early identification. Physicals also provide doctors with an opportunity to reiterate the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise for continued wellness.

Communication
Your doctor probably isn’t on your list of people to text or email each week, so your physical examination might be the one and only time you communicate. Talk about your family history and be honest about any problems you are experiencing. Facing the facts might be hard, but not nearly as hard as facing the consequences of ignoring your health.