If there’s a problem with your child’s physical, it rarely stops them from playing their sport. If a concern is found, we employ measures to make it safer—like an inhaler for a child with asthma. In the few instances where an athlete can’t play their preferred sport, they likely could participate in a different sport.
Sports PhysicalsNear BRainerd
Thorough Sports Physicals
Monday–Friday: 8am - 5pm
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7350 Clearwater Road, #201
Baxter, MN 56425
Sports PhysicalsNear Brainerd
Make Sure Your Child is Safe to Play
When it comes to your child’s safety, you can never be too careful.
Children participating in organized sports, or any active child, should undergo a sports physical. Near Brainerd, Baxter, and surrounding areas, parents turn to Baxter Medical Center to give careful attention to their child’s health when performing a sports physical.
What We Do
Your Baxter Medical provider will perform a thorough evaluation of your child’s medical history and physical health. If no issues are found, your provider fills out and signs the release for your child’s sports program.
In some instances, they may call for a follow-up visit, additional testing, or other measures to make it safer for your child to participate.
A Thorough Exam for Health and Safety
A sports physical near Brainerd, or pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE), typically includes an evaluation of your child’s medical history and a physical examination.
Questions we ask about medical history include:
- medical problems and illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes, or COVID-19
- previous hospitalizations or surgeries
- allergies (to insect bites, for example)
- past injuries (including concussions, sprains, or broken bones)
- whether the child has ever passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
- medicines (including over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and prescription medicines)
We also ask about smoking and vaping, alcohol, drugs, diet pills, or performance-enhancing supplements, including steroids. We recommend taking time to answer the questions carefully with your child.
During the physical part of the exam, we…
- record your child’s weight and height
- check blood pressure and pulse
- test their vision
- check their ears, nose, and throat
- evaluate their posture, joints, flexibility, and strength
Monday–Friday: 8am - 5pm
How Can Baxter Medical Center Help?
Baxter Medical Center is Your Best Choice for Sports Physicals
Comprehensive Health Services
Baxter Medical Center offers a complete suite of pediatrics services that go beyond pre-participation examinations. We are here for your child's sick visits, regular check-ups, immunizations, laboratory testing, and more.
Locally Owned and Operated
As an independent medical center, we're free to give total care without the high costs associated with corporate health systems.
Personalized, Compassionate Care
You deserve personalized care and attention from your medical provider, and that's our priority. We truly listen to your concerns and find solutions that will work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Regular check-ups are still a vital part of your child’s overall health, even if they’ve had a sports physical. If your child regularly participates in sports, let us know when you schedule your child’s annual visit and we can set aside an appropriate time.
You may have several options for getting a sports physical. Some schools host opportunities to have one performed, and some walk-in services offer sports physicals. We recommend choosing someone with an understanding of your child’s medical history, which is why it’s a great idea to go to your family doctor.