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Sports Physical For Kids

Why sports physicals are important for athletes and what you can expect your physician to cover during the $30 exam at Monument Occupational Medicine.


A sports physical, also known as a pre-participation physical, is very similar to an annual wellness physical exam. Sports physicals are intended to determine if the athlete is healthy enough to participate in sports and to help minimize the risk of sports-related injuries by identifying any existing issues or conditions. Ensuring so will help prevent negative impact on performance and promote overall welfare. Athletes are seeking medical clearance so they can train and compete safely.

It’s best to schedule an appointment before a new season begins even if a sports physical isn’t required in your state or school. Doctors highly recommend getting receiving one, and it can be done by your family doctor or pediatrician.

The extent of the exam varies among doctors, but the goals of are typically the same. These goals can of the following: Determine that the athlete is in general good health, assess the athlete’s present fitness level, detect conditions that predispose the athlete to new injuries, evaluate any existing injuries of the athlete and provide rehabilitation if needed, assess the size and developmental maturation of the athlete, detect congenital anomalies that increase the athlete’s risk of injury, and detect poor pre-participation conditioning that may put the athlete at increased risk. The exam consists of a comprehensive review of the athlete’s medical history followed by the physical examination. You can expect the doctor to provide a form stating the athlete is cleared to participate in sports if abnormalities were not found during the exam. These types of physicals can provide peace of mind for parents, coaches and the child that wants to play sports.

A visit to the doctor’s office will allow you, and the athlete, to keep their focus on the field. To prepare for your upcoming season in Monument Colorado Springs area, make an appointment for a $30 children’s sports physical at Monument Occupational Medicine.


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Tetanus Vaccine

Staying Safe

Tetanus is an infection well known for the muscle spasms it causes. They usually start in the jaw and then move on to the rest of the body. The intensity of this disease can vary greatly and it can get to a dangerous point where it can even cause bone ruptures and take months to heal. It is caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani and people usually get infected through wounds in the skin coming in contact with some contaminated object. Even though one person cannot transmit the infection to another, it is more commonly found in your surroundings than you expect.


The most common form of prevention of Tetanus is getting immunized with the Tetanus Vaccine. This can be especially useful for those living in areas with humid and hot climates. This disease has slowly been explored and controlled, however, it still amounts to thousands of deaths each year and you shouldn’t treat it as a minor issue.

Tetanus Vaccine

There are four types of vaccines against Tetanus and they are combined with vaccines for other kinds of diseases, so the best option for you might depend on what health risks you are exposed to or your medical history. This vaccine is recommended for people of all ages in order to help them build up the antibodies necessary to fight the bacteria in case you come in contact with it.

Medical Professionals

For those in the medical or health care field, this vaccine is extremely important because they will likely be in contact with objects carrying the bacteria at some point and they should be able to stay healthy and in good shape in order to keep providing care to those who need it.

Getting the Vaccine

It is very likely that, as a child, you got vaccinated against tetanus, probably before you were 7 years old, so you might want to check in with your doctor or parents to see whether this happened or not and whether you need to get vaccinated once more as an adult. It is always better to be safe than sorry so don’t be afraid to ask or consult a health professional in case you need some answers.


If you or your staff, due to the nature of their work, need to get vaccinated against tetanus in order to keep up with your company’s preventive measures, call a medical professional or a recognized company that can provide this service in a safe manner.

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