Aug 13, 2014 3:34 PM by Annie Snead
It's back to school for kids across Southern Colorado and doctors say it's a great time to get physicals done before sports get in high gear.
Most kids should get them done four to six weeks before starting the sport.
Doctors say if they were to identify a problem then it gives them time to correct it and treat it; and refer the child or teen to physical therapy if they need it.
News 5 spoke with Dr. Jodie Hamer - a physician at North Springs family medicine with Memorial Hospital.
She says important things they look for include: heart conditions, untreated high blood pressure, and previous brain injuries.
"The more concussions you get, they can become more frequent, your threshold from having another concussion can lower, so you definitely have to be on the look out for that sort of thing," said Dr. Hamer.
"Anyone who's highly active can be more likely to have injuries or over use things- heat stroke - that sort of thing, but we'll treat everybody the same no matter what sport they're doing or how many sports they're doing," she said.
Dr. Hamer adds it's also a good opportunity to talk to teenagers about things like depression, drugs, and alcohol, because it may be the only time they see them all year.