Sports physicals are a great way to make sure that you or your child is physically healthy enough to participate in a sport. At De Castro & Basit, MDs, in Hanford, California, Dr. Jacqueline G. De Castro and Dr. Jasper F. Basit are experienced primary care physicians who provide comprehensive sports physicals for patients of all ages, from children to adults. If you or a family member is joining a team or participating in athletic activities, a sports physical can help prevent injuries. Call today to schedule an exam or use the online booking system.
A sports physical exam helps determine if it’s safe for you to participate in a particular sport or athletic activity. Schools often require sports physicals before children are allowed to join a team to ensure their safety and overall health. Dr. De Castro and Dr. Basit recommend getting a sports physical before you or your child begins a new competitive season.
A sports physical is different from a standard physical because it focuses on your health as it relates to a specific sport. Your doctor performs many of the same evaluations as they do during a regular physical, but they also pay extra attention to any issues that may inhibit your athletic performance.
During the exam, your doctor discusses medical history, including family illnesses or hereditary conditions, and previous childhood health issues you may have had. The doctors may ask questions about medications you are currently taking, if you’ve ever been hospitalized, and whether you have allergies or suffered past sports injuries. Your doctor may want to know if you are physically active and how often you exercise.
The physical exam includes recording your height and weight, your blood pressure, and checking your heart and lungs. Your doctor may also evaluate your posture, flexibility, and range of motion in your joints. They look into your ears, nose, and throat, and may also test your vision.
Sports physicals are important because they can shed light on any pre-existing health issues that may prevent you from playing a sport. For example, if you have asthma, you may need prescription medication or an inhaler to keep it under control on the playing field. Additionally, your doctor can provide you with ways to keep yourself safe, before, during, and after the game, such as stretches and strengthening exercises.
Another benefit of a sports physical is to help keep previous injuries, such as sprains or fractures, from recurring on the same ankle, knee, or wrist. You should discuss previous injuries with your doctor during your exam so they can help you prevent the same injury from happening this season.
To schedule a sports physical, book an appointment online or call the office.