A sports physical exam helps determine whether it is safe for you
to participate in a particular sport. There are two parts to a sports
physical: the medical history and the physical exam. During the
medical history part, you will answer questions about serious
illnesses among other family members, illnesses that you had
when you were younger, previous hospitalizations or surgeries,
allergies and any medications that you are on. During the physical
examination, our doctors will record your height and weight, take a
blood pressure and pulse reading, test your vision, check your
heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose and throat, and evaluate your
posture, joints, strength and flexibility.
Most sports programs require kids and teens to have sports physical before beginning a new sport or season, so contact the nearest Gulf Coast Medical Group to schedule an appointment today. And remember - it is still important to have a regular physical yearly even if you also get a sports physical. The sports physical focuses on your well-being as it relates to playing a sport, whereas during a normal physical your doctor will address your overall well-being, which may include things that are unrelated to sports.