Sports Physical Exam Clinic in El Paso, TX
Sports physical exams are completed by our physicians at UCare Urgent Care for children and adolescents to ensure they are always developing mentally and physically well while they play sports. Call us today to speak to one of our specialists at UCare Urgent Care, or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you on North Zaragoza Rd. in El Paso TX, and on Lee Trevino Dr. in El Paso TX.
Table of Contents:
What kind of physical do you need for sports?
What usually happens in sports physical?
What is the difference between a physical and sports physical?
Can you go to urgent care for sports physicals?
Sports physicals are necessary when wanting to play sports, they are much more than just a check-up with your family doctor. A sports physical is a well-child visit that helps to ensure your child’s medical records and health history is properly up-to-date each and every year. This will be beneficial to your child and your child’s sports team managers as well as your child’s pediatrician, this helps your child’s doctor to diagnose and treat any medical issue that may come up faster as they have seen the child’s previous medical records and can identify faster which bone/joint issues your child may be dealing with which are commonly seen in children and adolescents who continuously play sports. Sports physicals ensure your child’s wellness and health are closely monitored each year and that they continue to stay active and healthy throughout their childhood.
All children from the age of starter school into college will benefit from yearly sports physicals. All children are born active, you do not have to play an organized sport to be considered an athlete. Many children will need a sports physical completed due to the physically demanding activities they enjoy doing including soccer, hockey, snowboarding, hiking, etc. While others may not be as physically active in sports, they still enjoy playing. No matter the child’s activity level, all children should complete a yearly sports physical from the doctor to ensure they are developing correctly year to year.
Sports physical will consist of a very important child check-up, during this examination appointment, the doctor will also check your child’s:
• Heart health
• Mental health
• Concussion or other head injuries
• Height and weight
• Blood pressure
• Strength and flexibility
• Unique concerns in relation to female athletes
• Unique concerns concerning disabled athletes
During the exam, most of it will be similar for everyone; however, while the child begins puberty, the doctor will need to ask specific questions concerning their development to ensure they are developing at a healthy rate.
Our doctors may also ask a few particular questions that can sometimes catch you off guard, this may include questions pertaining to the use of drugs and alcohol, weight-loss supplement use, dietary supplement use including performance enhancers, and steroids, this is because these can all have a lasting negative effect on the child’s health.
Once the exam has been completed, our doctors will ask that a form be signed or filled out to ensure everything was completed. A follow-up appointment may be necessary and recommended for your child, as well as additional tests and specific treatments for any medical issues.
A sports physical is different than that of a physical, as a sports physical will focus on the review of your child’s medical history and current health situation, this is to ensure that your child is continuously healthy enough to continue playing sports. During the sports physical, the doctor will review any of your pre-existing injuries, and assess your current health level to determine if there are any risks that need to be watched during their sports season.
Annual physical focuses solely on the physical health and development of children as well as social and emotional aspects. During the physical exam, the doctor will review the family’s medical health history to review and ensure your preventative health measures are put in place. A full assessment will be completed on your child for their social and cognitive milestones. A few important topics will also be reviewed including:
• Health history
• Immunization history
• Lab work
• Sleep habits
• Preventative health
• Adolescent issues
• Behavioural and developmental screenings
Absolutely you can! Urgent cares provide many different services including sports physicals to patients needing them. Contact us today to schedule yours. We serve patients from El Paso TX, Lee Trevino Drive TX, Fort Bliss TX, Mission Valley TX, Resler Canyon TX, Alfalfa TX, Montwood TX, and Horizon City TX.