- Sore throat
- Noticeably bigger tonsils
- Pain or problems with swallowing
- Yellow or white patches coating the throat and tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Foul breath
- Stiff neck
- A scratchy or rough voice
- Stomach pain
Sports physicals are physical examinations that are immensely crucial in ensuring your child’s wellbeing and health while they participate in physical activities. Also called a PPE or pre-participation physical examination, a sports physical can help measure the physical ability of children and adults to determine whether they’re physically able to safely play their chosen sport.
Available from your pediatrician here at Northside Pediatrics Associates in Conroe, TX, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya, here’s what you should know about sports physicals.
What to Expect During Your Child’s Sports Physical
To start off, your pediatrician will check your child’s vitals, including their blood pressure and pulse. Height and weight are likewise recorded, as weight changes and growth spurts could put unwarranted stress on the bones, muscles, and joints. Next up is an eye inspection to check whether your child’s eyesight is just fine or whether they need prescription glasses or adjustments to existing glasses.
Your pediatrician will then do a thorough review of your child’s medical history. Make sure to come in for your appointment with details of your child’s recent, existing, or past conditions, surgeries, or illnesses. This crucial information will aid your pediatrician in identifying potential issues that might need further referrals, examinations, or restrictions to help avoid potential complications.
The last part of the sports physical is the actual fitness exam. Your pediatrician will conduct a physical test of your child’s heart, abdomen, and lungs to ensure that they don’t have physical limitations such as a hernia, injury, heart condition, or asthma, that may negatively impact their capability to safely play and train.
The physical test will likewise entail an examination of your child’s flexibility, strength, joints, and posture. By testing these, your pediatrician can pinpoint any injury-prone areas and recommend specific tips and exercises that will help in injury prevention and make your child’s body stronger.
For More Information on Sports Physicals, Talk to Our Conroe Office
Call (936) 270-8655 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Ayotunde Faweya of Northside Pediatrics Associates here in Conroe, TX.
At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both.
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.
To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.
What do immunizations do?
Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.
Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.
Why are immunizations important?
Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.
Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.
We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.
If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.
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