Sports are a great way for your child to keep fit, socialize, and learn how to be part of a team and work with other people toward a shared goal. In order to ensure that an athlete is healthy enough to participate in a sport, it is necessary for the person to have a sports physical before the season begins.
A sports physical can help to identify any potential medical problems that may require treatment, which is why many states require children to have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new season. That said, your child doesn’t have to play in an organized sport to be an athlete, but a sports physical is still warranted and advised in this case.
Let’s talk about how a sports physical is performed by a pediatrician, how the doctor will analyze your child’s medical history and conduct a physical examination, and where you can go here in Greater Houston for world-class pediatric medical care.
Reviewing Your Child’s Health Information
A preparticipation physical evaluation form is used to help your pediatrician to assess whether it is safe for your child to participate in a certain sport. It should be completed by both you and your child (if the child is old enough) prior to the physical exam, and the pediatrician will then review it and ask questions about it. It will be best for you to make sure that it is filled out correctly and completely.
The form focuses on:
- Past injuries (including concussions, bone fractures, sprains, etc.)
- Past illnesses
- Surgeries or hospitalizations
- Current or previous medications
- Unusual health concerns (dizziness, chest pain, breathing difficulties, etc.)
- Heart health
- Mental health
- Unique male/female health concerns
- Immunizations records
- Family medical history (i.e., serious illnesses)
Preparing for the Physical Examination
After reviewing your child’s medical history, the pediatrician will then carry out a number of checks which focus on your child’s physical health. This includes:
- Vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, lungs, etc.)
Pediatricians are trained to identify and treat medical issues as well as bone/joint problems that are frequently seen in children. Although much of the exam is the same for boys as it is for girls, the pediatrician may discuss specific areas differently, such as menstruation for a girl, or asking (and warning) about any use of muscle-enhancing steroids for a boy.
Sports Physicals in Spring and The Woodlands, TX
Here at Northwoods Pediatric Center, your child’s health and well-being are our top priority. Our experienced pediatricians pride themselves on providing personal and compassionate care for your child’s complete health, from infancy through adolescence and beyond.
To schedule a checkup or a sports physical for your child, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (281) 296-7770 or by filling out our contact form online now. We have convenient locations in The Woodlands and in Spring, and we look forward to seeing you!