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Sports Physical

Nicolette Marak, MD -  - Pediatric Clinic

Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics

Nicolette Marak, MD

Pediatric Clinic located in Hoover, AL

Playing on a sports team and engaging in athletics are great ways to develop a healthy lifestyle, get in shape, and build self-esteem. No matter which sport you or your child plays, it may be necessary to obtain a sports physical before the season. The team at Ross Bridge Pediatrics in Hoover, Alabama, provides convenient and comprehensive sports physicals to ensure that their patients are fully up to the physical demands of their sport. Call the office or request an appointment online to learn more.

Sports Physical Q&A

1. What is a sports physical?

Sports, while fun and rewarding, are physically demanding. It is very important for athletes to get a thorough physical examination to determine that their bodies can take on the challenges of the sport they play.

During a sports physical, the team at Ross Bridge Pediatrics ensures that you don't have any injuries or diseases that make it inadvisable to play your sport. Your general health is determined, as well as any congenital conditions or genetic risk factors you may have.

The team also determines the developmental state of child and adolescent athletes who come for their sports physicals to help ensure that they are ready to play their chosen sport.

Who should get a sports physical?

A sports physical is a good idea for anyone who plans to play a sport, be it football, volleyball, tennis, or wrestling. Some states even require student-athletes to get a physical before participating in certain sports.

Even when it isn’t required, a sports physical helps ensure that you’re fully ready to participate in your chosen sport and even helps prevent injuries from occurring.

Ideally, sports physicals should be done with enough time for the physician to do any follow-up testing or needed treatments. This time frame is usually six to eight weeks from when the sports season starts.

What can I expect at a sports physical?

It is important to remember that a sports physical is not the same thing as a regular physical checkup by your doctor. The primary purpose of a sports physical is to determine if you’re in the physical shape necessary to participate in the sport.

During the appointment, your provider at Ross Bridge Pediatrics conducts a thorough physical examination to determine your general health and wellness. In addition, they gather a detailed medical history to help determine any individual risks.

The team at Ross Bridge Pediatrics is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients, helping to ensure you stay healthy and active, no matter what sport you play.

To learn more, call the office or request an appointment online today to schedule a sports physical.