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Sports Physical

HG Pediatrics

Homero Garza, MD

Pediatrician located in Houston, TX

Sports physicals are often a requirement before children and teens can play in schools, and most insurance companies cover them once a year. Homero Garza, MD, completes sports and general physicals at HG Pediatrics, in Houston, Texas, to ensure your child’s safety during work or sports-related activities. Call the office to learn more or schedule a sports physical online.

Sports Physical Q & A

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is a sports-specific physical examination your doctor completes to ensure you or your child is healthy enough to participate in sport-specific training and events. Such physicals are often a requirement of school sports teams, and must be completed annually or before a new sports season begins.

Sports physicals are more extensive than general physicals, which the team also offers because they focus on your ability to safely play a specific sport. The team can complete general and sports physicals during the same appointment, as the two exams are similar.

What should I expect during a sports physical?

During your sports physical, the team may complete the following:

  • Records your weight and height
  • Checks your blood pressure
  • Goes over your medical history
  • Completes vision and hearing tests
  • Checks your abdomen, nose, ears, throat, heart, and lungs
  • Evaluates your posture, strength, flexibility, and joints
  • Completes a thorough sports-specific physical examination

Be sure to answer all of the health history questions the team masks as accurately as possible. If you have signs or symptoms of a medical condition, they may recommend additional tests as needed. For example, if you have a family history of heart conditions or show signs of asthma, they might conduct further tests or refer you to a specialist.

What if I have a medical condition?

If you have a medical condition, such as a heart condition, it might not be safe for you to participate in competitive sports at all. In fact, it could be life-threatening. About 1 in every 50,000 heart-related deaths occur in young athletes with heart conditions.

For other health concerns, such as asthma, the team may clear you under certain circumstances or prescribe an inhaler for you. If you have a sports-related joint or head injury, a full recovery is necessary before sports participation is safe.

Your provider has your best interest at heart when clearing (or not clearing) you to play competitive sports. If you pass your sports physical, HG Pediatrics signs the appropriate school forms before you begin your season. 

To schedule a sport or general physical, call the office today or book an appointment online.