Sports Physical Exams

Physical Exams For Sports

Young athletes from Austin and San Antonio, TX can visit the experienced doctors at Pro-Care Medical Center for sports physicals and exams.

What are sports exams?

The Pro-Care Medical Center offers physical exams for youths and teens who are planning to join a competitive sport or activity. During these physical exams, the doctors look at a variety of symptoms and conditions to be able to tell whether the patient is or should be eligible to engage in physical activity. The doctors at Pro-Care provide in-office exams on a one-to-one basis and can make a trip to the school, youth group, or church sponsoring the sports team to provide a physical to all potential team members. Below are some of the conditions that our doctors will assess during this quick but thorough examination:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood Pressure
  • General Appearance
  • Nutritional Status
  • Posture/Motor Behavior
  • Skin
  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Neck
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Abdomen

Why does a youth need a physical before joining a sports team?

ART can be used to treat issues with any soft tissue, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Some conditions frequently treated with this technique include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, knee problems and other conditions resulting from overused muscles. Overused muscles often indicate another condition including pulls, tears, microtears, or lack of oxygen. Overuse of muscle or tissue stimulates the production of tough scar tissue, which can decrease the mobility of the tissue. This can shorten muscles and lead to conditions like tendonitis and trapped nerves, further reducing the range of motion and strength.

What is the difference between an annual exam and a sports physical?

An annual physical exam monitors the development and health of a child. The doctor will perform a variety of tests and checks to record the child’s progress. The sports physical specifically checks the youth’s health and physical condition to ensure that he or she is fit and capable of participating in a specific sport. Many of the tests will be similar to those of a standard annual physical or wellness, with a specific view as to how the results indicate the child will perform in his or her sport.