Sports Physical Specialist

Fulshear Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Pediatrics serving Fulshear and Katy, TX

To meet the requirements of area sports organizations, the Fulshear Family Medicine team offers comprehensive sports physicals at their office, which is convenient to those in Katy, and Fulshear, Texas. Experienced family physicians, Heidi Schultz, MD, Bin Sung, MD, FAAP, and their medical team evaluate your child’s overall health to ensure they can participate safely in sports. If your child needs a sports physical, be sure to schedule an appointment in advance by calling Fulshear Family Medicine or by requesting an appointment online now.

Sports Physicals Q & A

Why does my child need a sports physical?

Sports physicals are an ideal way to make sure certain sports are a good choice for your child. The goal of a sports physical is for the Fulshear Family Medicine staff to medically clear your child to participate in certain sports.

While most organizations and schools require a preparticipation sports physical, there is a benefit of scheduling this type of physical even when it’s not required. Your Fulshear Family Medicine provider can determine if your child is able to perform the activities required in sports, especially if they have existing health conditions.

What happens during a sports physical?

The Fulshear Family Medicine staff offers in-office sports physicals, a self-paid service, that are similar to routine physicals but also focus on your child’s physical strength, range of motion, and ability to perform on the field or court.

After a review of your child’s health history and a physical exam, your provider evaluates your child’s muscle and joint flexibility, their posture, and the function of their lungs, heart, and vision.

If your child has an existing health condition such as asthma or diabetes, your Fulshear Family Medicine provider evaluates how these conditions can affect or interfere with sports participation.

When your provider completes the physical exam, the Fulshear Family Medicine staff provides you with the necessary reports you need for sports registration. If the sports physical reveals new concerns about your child’s health, your doctor may recommend additional diagnostic testing to determine if they can safely play certain sports.

What are the benefits of a sports physical?

Even if your child is otherwise healthy, a sports physical is a great way to ensure your child is physically ready to engage in sports. Another benefit of a sports physical is that it allows the Fulshear Family Medicine team the opportunity to discuss other lifestyle issues with older children.

Based on your child’s age, your provider can discuss the importance of a good diet and daily exercise, as well as the dangers of drug and alcohol use, taking performance enhancement medications, and peer pressure.

The team can also provide recommendations for warming up properly to prevent sports-related injuries and improve performance in the game.

If you’re signing your child up for baseball, football, or track, schedule a sports physical at Fulshear Family Medicine online or by phone today.