Children’s Sports Physicals in Amarillo TX
Expert pediatricians at Children’s Healthcare Associates provide recommended sports physicals for children of all ages. Call (806) 216-6896 to schedule a visit.
Is your child playing a sport this year in Amarillo, TX? Regardless if it is a school-based sport or a community organized activity, your child is going to need a sports physical. At Children’s Health Care Associates, our board-certified doctors and experienced staff can administer that sports physical quickly. We’ll review your child’s health to ensure they can safely participate.
What is a Sports Physical?
This specialized physical checks your child’s health and fitness to play a sport. Participating in an athletic activity puts a lot of stress on the body that usually wouldn’t be there, so these examinations are done to ensure a child is healthy enough to play. Unlike a regular physical, our doctor will look for any injuries or diseases that make playing their sport unsafe. This physical will also review past and family medical history, and if there is something of concern, additional tests may be needed.
This physical is also sometimes known as a pre-participation physical.
Where is a Sports Physical done? Do I need to go to a particular facility?
A sports physical can quickly be done at Children’s Healthcare Associates. Your child’s pediatrician will perform the sports physical, or their nurse practitioners or physician assistants will administer it. Many times, a sports physical is combined with an annual physical in a single visit.
When should a Sports Physical be done?
This examination should be done one to two months before the start of the season. First, it is challenging to get an appointment for a physical in the weeks before a season starts. Also, if there is a medical condition that requires treatment, this will be enough time to treat it and do a follow-up physical to be cleared for participation.
What should be expected during a Sports Physical?
First, our doctor will review your child’s medical history. This will include reviewing any injuries, hospital stays, or history of illnesses that might impose limitations on the amount of activity their body can handle. To facilitate your visit, a filled-out questionnaire about their medical history and daily habits should be completed before they meet with our doctor.
What are some conditions that the doctor will look for during a sports physical?
Some of the conditions our doctors will screen for include:
- Heart Problems
- Skin conditions
- Shortness of breath
- High Blood Pressure
- Eating Disorders
- Heart Conditions
- Liver or Kidney issues
- Review of current medications being taken
As part of the physical, our doctor will also record:
- Blood Pressure
- Heart Rate
- Lung Capacity
- Check joints, mobility, strength
- Height & Weight
Will my child be able to play?
Our doctor will decide if your child is medically cleared to play a sport. The type of sport also goes into this decision, not only your child’s overall health. Information about the sport, the position they will play, the level of competition, and the protective gear used will go into this decision. If possible, equipment modifications may be needed to make a sport safer for your child to play.
If any particular concerns, medications, or adaptations are needed, it will be noted on the physical forms. This should be enough information for the organization in charge of the sport to protect your child’s health.
In most cases, your child should be able to play without restrictions. However, a sports physical will ensure there are no undiagnosed conditions that could threaten the health of your child. Follow up exams may be needed if our doctor wants to monitor a condition.
Do I need a sports physical every year?
Most organizations require a new physical before every season. If your child plays multiple sports, these physicals can be combined in some cases and completed in a single visit.
If you have any questions about sports physicals or would like to make an appointment call (806) 216-6896 to schedule a visit. We look forward to meeting you!