Athletic & Sport Physicals in Duarte, CA
Expert Medical Exams at Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care
A majority of sports leagues require that participants visit a local pediatrician for a summer sports physical about a month prior to beginning training. The physicians at Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care can help you get evaluated for the upcoming athletic season.
If you have any questions call Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care at (877) 254-4496 or request an appointment online today!
What is Included in a Sports Physical?
A sports physical often includes two separate parts: a health history questionnaire and a physical exam. Both sections of the sports physical are important to ensure that you are physically able to partake in intense exercise.
The Health History Portion of a Sports Physical
The health history portion of a sports physical includes the following information:
- Medical history of injury
- Medical history of illness
- Emergency contact information
- Family history of illness
- Menstrual cycle information (for girls)
- Medication list
What to Expect During Your Physical Exam
The patient will undergo a review of their medical history as well as a physical examination. Their doctor will evaluate the following factors to determine whether the patient is cleared to play their specific sport:
- Height & Weight: In most cases, these measurements are not a cause for concern. In rare instances, the doctor may determine that the patients height or weight may be risk-factor.
- Blood Pressure: High or low blood pressure will usually not disqualify someone from participation, however follow up care may be recommended.
- Vision: The patient is not required to have perfect vision in order to participate in any particular sport, but it may be cause for concern in some instances. For example, if a person has extremely poor visual acuity and they want to play baseball, they may not be cleared for that sport.
- Heart: Some rare heart abnormalities could cause sudden death during physical activity. Tests will be performed in order to determine if these abnormalities are present.
- Abdomen: An examination of the abdomen will be performed to assess the risk of tearing during contact sports.
- Muscles & Skeleton: The patient’s overall body structure and capability of movement will be observed. Their doctor will also check their back to determine if scoliosis is present.
If there is cause for concern at some point during the physical exam, a pediatrician may suggest blood tests, X-rays or muscle strength training.
Contact your physician at Monrovia Internal Medicine & Primary Care if you need a sports physical to participate in an upcoming athletic league.