Just like you give your car an MOT, it is also important to “test” your own body before you put serious strain on it. Sports medical examinations come in all shapes and sizes and they can be as extensive as you like, from a questionnaire combined with a short physical examination to an exercise test. An exercise test is not only useful for checking your health. Based on values from this test, it is also possible to calculate the personal training zones that can be used directly for the training schedule. The most precise training zones are obtained when you do an exercise test with a heart monitor and breathing gas analysis.
you will also find references to a sports doctor who works for a Sports Medical Institution (SMI). It’s a misconception that sports doctors are only for top athletes! Everyone can benefit from a sports doctor’s sport-specific knowledge. This is particularly advisable if you have been suffering from injuries/pains for a while or if you already have pre-existing medical conditions that bring an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, diabetes, previous heart/vascular diseases, or you have a family history of these diseases. More information about what a sports doctor does is available here