Sports participation is an excellent way for children to get exercise and engage socially. At Bernal Pediatrics Clinic in McAllen, Texas, board-certified pediatrician, Jaime E. Bernal, MD, offers comprehensive sports physicals to meet requirements of your local sports organization and ensure your child is physically ready for the game. Schedule a sports physical today using the online booking feature or by calling Dr. Bernal’s office.
A sports physical is a medical evaluation that ensures your child is healthy enough to participate in a certain sport. Similar to an annual physical, a sports physical can identify areas of concern affecting your child’s health that could interfere with safe sports play.
Dr. Bernal offers sports physicals to give you the peace of mind that your child is strong, healthy, and able to meet the requirements of certain sports.
Many schools and other organizations require a sports physical as part of the registration process.
Initially, Dr. Bernal reviews your child’s medical history, family history, and treatment for any existing health conditions. He can discuss previous sports-related injuries your child may have suffered or concerns you have about your child’s participation in a sport.
Dr. Bernal then performs a physical exam, evaluating your child’s overall health by assessing your child’s height and weight, blood pressure, body temperature, and other vitals.
To determine if your child is ready for a chosen sport, Dr. Bernal can evaluate your child’s joint health, muscle strength, and overall flexibility. He may ask them to perform certain movements to analyze their athletic abilities.
Additionally, Dr. Bernal can offer guidance to enhance your child’s performance in sports and prevent common injuries, such as muscle sprains and strains.
Dr. Bernal and his staff complete any paperwork required by schools or organizations to register for sports and other recreational activities.
If your child has asthma or other chronic health condition, it doesn’t mean they can’t participate in certain sports. Dr. Bernal can assess your child’s condition to determine if it’s safe for your child to be physically active in a specific sport.
For some conditions that can interfere with sports, Dr. Bernal may recommend other low-impact activities your child can do to stay healthy and active. He also monitors your child’s health to determine when it’s safe for your child to engage in sports activity.
If your child plans to play football, soccer, or some other organized activity, schedule a sports physical by calling the office or using the convenient online booking feature.