The goal of the sports physical is to help keep sports safe and accessible to every student who wants to play. Parents are reassured by the physical that their child is appropriately developed for the sport. The school or league is assured that the children who play a sport are physically capable of the training and activity required. It may also be a requirement of their liability insurance or recommended by their legal counsel.
The sports physical rarely uncovers health problems in kids, but performing a routine history and physical exam is the best way to ensure the safety of a child who plays sports and help avoid potential risks of injury or illness.