Sports Physicals

Pediatrics offered in San Antonio, TX
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Sports Physicals services offered in San Antonio, TX

When your child needs a sports physical, Yvonne Miranda, MD, and the Pedi Place @ Westover Hills team are here to help. Sports physicals are among the services available to families in and around San Antonio, Texas. Call the office or fill out the online form to request an appointment.

Sports Physicals Q & A

What are sports physicals?

A sports physical is a simple medical examination to determine if your child is physically prepared to play organized sports or engage in a specific type of physical activity. Virtually all kids will need a sports physical at one point or another, and athletic kids might need one every school year. 

Similar physicals are sometimes required if your child plans to participate in a camp, travel abroad, or enroll in a new school or daycare. 

The process is similar to what occurs during a routine well-child exam. Your Pedi Place @ Westover Hills provider collects info regarding your child’s height, weight, reflexes, heart and breathing function, as well as their flexibility and strength. 

Many sports physicals require specific paperwork to be filled out. Some require a copy of your child’s immunization record. The Pedi Place @ Westover Hills team is familiar with these requirements and will ensure you have all the paperwork needed for your child to participate in their chosen activity. 

How should my child prepare for a sports physical?

A discussion of your child’s personal health history is part of the process. Come with a list of medications or supplements and details on recent health conditions. 

A great way to prepare for a sports physical is to have your child come up with a few questions about how to train or prepare for athletic success. This empowers your child to begin taking control of their health journey, a habit they can carry into adulthood. 

What if my child fails a sports physical?

“Failing” a sports physical simply means the precautionary step has served its purpose. 

If something arises that suggests your child is not able to safely participate in their chosen sport or activity, following up can reduce the risk of harm. In most cases, additional screening will provide more information, and many kids can go on to play sports with certain modifications. 

Sometimes, an underlying medical condition needs to be treated before participating is safe. The team will explain the next steps and work with you to ensure your child is healthy and fit. 

If your child needs a sports physical, call the office or fill out the online form to request an appointment.