Sports Physicals Specialist

St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group

Family Practice & Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in Lynwood, CA

Sports physicals are a necessary step in preparing for the next season of playing the sport you love. Jatin Bhatt, MD, Chong Tak, MD, and the caring medical team at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group in Lynwood, California, can verify you and your child’s health and help you prepare for your sport safely. Call the office or request an appointment online to schedule your sports physical now.

Sports Physicals Q & A

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is a medical exam in which your physician at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group evaluates your health and eligibility to participate in team or individual sports. Usually, children need a sports physical before they can take part in school sports, but college athletes and adults participating in team sports may also need this type of exam.

What happens during a sports physical?

During your sports physical visit at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group, your doctor first reviews you or your child's medical history. They may ask specific questions about past injuries, surgeries, allergic reactions, and medications. You should answer these questions as honestly as possible because this information helps your care provider get a clear picture of your overall health and can impact your eligibility for sports participation.

A sports physical typically includes:

  • Height and weight check
  • Basic vision screening
  • Basic hearing test
  • Reflex test
  • Heart health check
  • Blood pressure check
  • Flexibility test

If you or your child has had past injuries, your physician may check them to make sure that you’re back to full function and not having any discomfort.

If your care provider feels that you or your child is at risk for health problems during physical activity, they may request further testing. If you need further testing, your care provider can schedule a follow-up sports physical after you finish those tests.

How should I get ready for a sports physical?

If you need your doctor to complete any paperwork after the sports physical, bring that along with you. If you or your child plays a sport that requires special protective equipment, it’s a good idea to bring it to the sports physical appointment, so your care provider can check the fit and function.

On the day of the sports physical appointment, wear lightweight clothing and comfortable, sturdy shoes in which you can move easily because your care provider may ask you to bend, stretch, and move as part of the exam. Children should be in comfortable clothes they can move around in.

If you or your child takes any medication, even if it’s only over-the-counter drugs or natural herbal supplements, bring that medication (or at least a list of medications and dosages) to your appointment. Your doctor may need to double-check to make sure that it’s safe for you to continue taking those when you’re exercising.

School physicals at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group are quick and easy. Schedule your appointment by calling the office now or requesting one online.