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Why Are Sports Physicals Needed?
By Northside Pediatrics Associates
November 07, 2018
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Sports Physicals  

Sports physicals are like a routine medical exam that assesses your child's physical fitness levels and clears them to safely participate in school sports and athletic activities. Most schools and sports programs will require that children satisfactorily complete a physical before participating in an athletic program. The pediatricians at Northside Pediatrics Associates, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya and Dr. Dora Aguilar, recommend that parents schedule sports physicals with enough time to ensure that the children will be cleared and ready to participate in time for the beginning of the athletic season.

Schedule a Sports Physical in Conroe, TX

A typical sports physical will include a comprehensive medical history as well as a physical exam. Even if your children are healthy or have not suffered from previous injuries, a physical will still be necessary to ensure that they can safely participate in their chosen activity. Sometimes underlying conditions or dormant injuries are not immediately visible or detectable. A physical is also an important precaution in your child's overall health and wellbeing.

What to Expect from a Sports Physical

Here are some of the things the pediatrician will be monitoring and looking for during the physical:

  • Assess cardiovascular health and identify underlying conditions
  • Monitor progress on or signs of injuries like concussions
  • Check blood pressure
  • Follow up on how prior orthopedic injuries are healing
  • Nutrition counseling and monitoring for eating disorders
  • Discuss proper techniques, precautions, and proper use of safety equipment
  • Clear previous athletic restrictions after successful injury rehabilitation

A sports physical will assess reflexes, vital signs, joint and muscle strength, and cardiovascular health. They are usually required once per school year, but follow up screenings may be necessary if there are any health issues or an injury develops.

Find a Pediatrician in Conroe, TX

For more information about sports physicals and other pediatric services, contact Northside Pediatrics Associates today by calling 936-270-8655 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Faweya or Dr. Aguilar.

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