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What Occurs During a Sports Physical
By Northside Pediatrics Associates
April 22, 2020
Category: Health and Fitness
Tags: Sports Physical  

At Northside Pediatrics Associates, we provide sports physicals to protect your child and determine whether it's safe for him or her to participate in physical activity. These also identify health problems that might cause complications with overexertion. To make sure that your child is healthy and strong before they hit the field, court, or rink, schedule an appointment with Dr. Faweya, visit our Conroe, TX, office today.

Why Sports Physicals?

Sports physicals aren't just for kids, but they're often mandated by the state so that children and teenagers can participate in school sports programs. Also called a pre-participation physical examination or PPE, they require clearance for physical activity. Sports physicals are critical to making sure the team player doesn't have any underlying medical conditions, such as asthma or heart disease.

What Happens During a Sports Physical?

You can expect a sports physical to feel like a regular checkup when you visit our Conroe, TX, office. During your appointment, Dr. Faweya will ask several questions about whether you've had previous injuries, surgeries, allergies, and illnesses. He'll be interested in medications you've taken, family health history, and will perform a series of tests to determine how strong and flexible you are. These will include:

  • Blood pressure reading
  • Measuring height and evaluate posture
  • Listening to your heartbeat and lungs
  • Checking eyesight, ears, nose, and throat
  • Feel for abnormalities around the stomach

At the end of the examination, if the child passes each test, Dr. Faweya will sign a form that states so. If additional tests are necessary because of a medical problem, he may recommend a follow-up exam or specific treatment.

All students in Conroe, TX, are required to complete sports physicals before joining a team. To be sure that your child is clear to participate, you should schedule their annual physical within weeks before school begins or in the first few days back. For more information about sports physicals, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Northside Pediatrics Associates, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. Faweya, please call (936) 270-8655.