The school year will be starting up again, which means students will be preparing for their sports programs. Whether your child is playing football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, or any other sports activity, they will need to undergo a sports physical exam.
At our southwest Houston medical clinic, our doctors conduct physical examinations for our young patients to ensure they are healthy enough to get on the field or the court. Kids are not allowed to compete in school sports if they have not received and passed their physical examination.
The physical exam checks for various ailments that the student may have. Checking the heart and pulse rate, respiratory system, blood pressure, and the body temperature helps make certain there are no problems in the heart or lungs. Checking for hernias is also a necessity to ensure the student doesn’t further injure themselves. Hernias are a common problem for student-athletes.
Hernias take place when an organ or other piece tissue gets through a weakened part of the muscle, typically in the abdomen area. Hernias are usually located in the abdomen, but can also take place in the groin, upper thigh, and even the belly button area. Playing with a hernia can worsen the problem, which can lead to extreme pain and possible surgery.
At Medinet Family Care Clinic, our medical staff aims to ensure kids are healthy and ready for sports. If they aren’t, we help to make sure they are able to get back on the field or the court and performing at a competitive level.
During the sports physical for school, our physician will also go over a medical questionnaire to make certain kids aren’t at a high risk for certain physical ailments, which could be life-threatening, like a heart attack.
If your child is planning to compete in sports this year at school, then contact our medical clinic in southwest Houston and schedule their sports physical appointment. We look forward to helping your child prepare for the following season in whatever sport they are playing.