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What is a sports physical?
A sports physical is a series of examinations that a doctor performs on your child to ensure that they are healthy enough to participate in sport-related activities. This procedure is mandatory in most schools and must be done annually before a new sports season commences.
Sports physicals are similar to general physicals, with the only significant difference being the former is more extensive and can be focused on a specific sport. Given that these two examinations are related, the HG Pediatrics team can perform them in a single appointment.
What should I expect during a sports physical?
During the procedure, Homer Garza, MD, performs the following:
- Completes vision and hearing tests
- Checks your abdomen, nose, ears, throat, heart, and lungs
- Evaluates your posture, strength, flexibility, and joints
- Records your weight and height
- Checks your blood pressure
- Goes over your medical history
- Completes a thorough sports-specific physical examination
During the exam, you may be asked a couple of questions related to your health history. It is best to answer each of them truthfully as they are tailored to ensure the entire process is thorough.
What if I have a medical condition?
Health complications such as heart-related conditions prevent patients from engaging in sports activities. At HG Pediatrics we strongly advise our patients not to engage in such activities as it may be fatal. To put this into perspective, approximately one in 50,000 deaths occur in young athletes with heart-related issues.
In case you have an injury, the team may recommend a full recovery before getting back to the field. Also, if you have other conditions such as asthma, you may only be allowed to engage in sports activities under strict requirements such as an inhaler prescription.
At HG pediatrics, your general wellbeing is our main concern when performing a sports physical. If you pass, we will sign the appropriate school forms.
To schedule a sport or general physical, contact us today.
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