Pre-season sports physicals help athletes excel

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BISMARCK, N.D. - It seems like the the high school and college sports seasons didn't end too long ago, and athletes are already in the gym preparing to go for the next season.

Part of that process is going to see a doctor for a physical, but how important are they? Medical professionals say having a physical is vital, as it allows them to weed out any issues that could minimize an athlete's potential.

Former Century High School standout Dalton Feeney has spent years getting ready for baseball, football and basketball season.

"Just knowing as an athlete you want to get ahead of everybody. The off-season is probably the most critical part of your season. Just trying to get ahead. Coming to power getting in some workouts can make the biggest difference on and off the field," says Feeney.

Feeney says it's important that he gets his physical in before he starts the season.

"You got to make sure you're in good health and everything, and you're good to compete in these sports. You don't want to go out there not knowing you're healthy and something happen," says Feeney.

Doctor Jon Kolberg at Sanford says having a physical allows doctors to find out about any issues that could minimize an athletes potential.

"A way for us to monitor that patient and update medical or physical issues that could affect that athlete," says Kolberg.

A sports physical is pretty straightforward. The athlete will have there height, weight blood pressure and vision checked, along with a look at past and family medical concerns.

"From there we do a basic physical exam looking at heart, lungs and then any muscular skeletal issues that the person might have," says Kolberg.

At Sanford Power in Bismarck they have programs set up to help athletes strengthen body parts most susceptible to injury.

Sanford Health will hold no-appointment-needed sports physicals for student athletes at family medicine and pediatric clinics in Bismarck-Mandan. These sessions will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. July 26, August 3 and August 9.

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