Sports Physicals Specialist

Pediatric Associates of Plano

Pediatricians located on campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Plano Hospital, Plano, TX

Making sure your child is healthy enough to participate in soccer, basketball, and other sports is the primary goal of the sports physicals available at Pediatric Associates of Plano. Theresa Shouse, MD, and the board-certified pediatrics team offer comprehensive physicals at the office in Plano, Texas, on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Physicals meet the requirements of schools, camps, and organized sports groups to ensure your kids are ready to be active team members. Schedule a sports physical today at Pediatric Associates of Plano by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

Sports Physicals

Why does my child need a sports physical?

Sports physicals are similar to routine physicals your child needs every year but focus more on your child’s ability to safely participate in their favorite sports. By having your child undergo a sports physical, you get the peace of mind that their body is functioning properly and that existing medical issues won’t interfere with sports participation.

Many organizations, including schools and recreational sports teams, require medical clearance by a qualified physician, like the pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Plano, before your kids can participate in a specific sport. 

What can I expect during a sports physical?

The staff at Pediatric Associates of Plano offer comprehensive, in-office physicals that keep you in compliance with registration requirements for schools and sports teams. During your child’s sports physical, your pediatrician reviews your child’s health history and family history, as well as their existing health. 

Like a routine physical, the appointment also includes a physical exam and your provider notes important information, like weight, blood pressure, and body temperature. To ensure your child is capable of participating in certain sports, their exam also includes an assessment of:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Joint health
  • Reflexes

Your provider also reviews your child’s current health, especially if they have existing chronic medical issues like diabetes or asthma. They ensure the condition is well-controlled and won’t interfere with your child’s ability to be physically active. 

If your child is age 11-18 and is playing a contact sport, your pediatrician can administer an ImPACT test to establish a baseline in case of a future concussion.

Your pediatrician provides a copy of your child’s medical reports needed for registration. In the event the results of a physical don’t clear your child to play, your Pediatric Associates of Plano physician can discuss other options for physical activity as well as treatment to address newly discovered health issues.

What are the benefits of a sports physical?

In addition to helping you complete your child’s registration for athletics, a sports physical ensures your child is ready and able to fully participate in their chosen sport. 

Sports physicals are also beneficial, as your Pediatric Associates of Plano provider can recommend exercises and other activities that will boost your child’s performance in the game. They also work with your child on preventive tips to avoid sports-related injuries, like muscle strains and concussions. 

For older kids, the pediatricians discuss common issues that may come up during games and practices, such as peer pressure, eating disorders, abuse of drugs and alcohol, and the use of performance-enhancing medications. 

Schedule a sports physical for your child today at Pediatric Associates of Plano by calling the office or requesting an appointment through the online booking system.