Sorry, Ben. We had to paraphrase Mr. Franklin’s famous “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” quote. It’s not the first time that’s happened, and won’t be the last – when you’re one of the most quotable figures in American history, that’s part of the deal.
For most athletes, required preseason protocol involves getting a sports physical. From junior high benchwarmers to high-level professional stars, everyone has to take one. They’re become so commonplace, it’s easy to wonder, “Are they really needed?”
We’ve looked at some of the research, and the answer is a slam-dunk yes.
Sports Physicals: Not Too Exciting, Yet Very Effective
A few years ago, the Chicago Tribune reported that “pre-screening” athletes before strenuous activity helps detect and prevent heart problems – and that proactive approach essentially saves lives. “Sudden death syndrome” occurs in athletes when an injury, heat stroke, exhaustion or asthma –usually traced to cardiac arrest – stops the heart.
Researchers suggested that a thorough heart exam (more blood pressure checkpoints, precise inspection for possible heart murmurs, etc.) is a great way to detect possible heart issues in the future.
Flexibility, Strength & Fitness Tests – The Meat & Potatoes of a Sports Physical
Sports physicals are different than a regular physical examination. Designed to prevent injury, a walk-in sports physical puts the patient through a specific set of exercises and tests to determine overall fitness. If the participant is deemed not fit enough to participate, further tests may be necessary to determine the specific cause of the “fitness deficiency.”
Plus, a sports physical will also measure general strength & flexibility, two crucial aspects of athletic competition. A general physical typically doesn’t measure these attributes.
Regardless, it’s easy to see how sports physicals can help prevent serious injuries. There’s a reason these exams are required by pretty much every governing body of high school, college and professional athletic leagues – they work, period. Ben Franklin’s quote is right on the money, taken from a sports physical perspective.
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