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Before any student can take part in athletics they need to be medically cleared by taking a sports physical.

Beartooth NBC's Charlie Misra takes a look at what exactly goes into a sports physical exam.

Doctors do a full body check from head to toe. They have patients provide extensive background information on their health beforehand to ensure the patient is fit to play sports, and to find any glaring concerns that may appear.

Dr. Jonathan Griffin says, "If somebody's had any problems in the past, if they've had a concussion or broken bones. We need to know about a family history, particularly with regard to cardiac issues."

Dr. Griffin says doctors are careful with concussions, especially when youths participate in contact sports like football or rugby. They also pay close attention to heart problems.

Dr. Griffin continues, "Primarily kids around here are healthy enough to participate in most sports. Things that we would be looking for are murmurs with the heart. If there is something that puts them at risk of having a sudden cardiac death, obviously that's something we need to pick up."

Doctors say a sports physical does not diagnose all medical conditions, but it can reveal certain health issues that a person may be struggling with.

St. Peter's Medical Group family physicians are providing youth sports physicals until 7 p.m. tonight. The exams are being given at the North Clinic on Ptarmigan Lane.


Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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