Sports Physicals and You

By Deirdre McMullen, M.D., P.A.
November 23, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sports Physicals  

As your health care providers in Missouri City, TX, the team at Rocky Creek Family Medicine delivers the services you need to be well and to participate in the life activities you love. If one of your family members needs a sports physical, Dr. Deirdre McMullen or Dr. Tiyashi Choudhury can provide this important health assessment so athletes participate in team and individual sports safely.

The PPE

The pre-participation physical exam, or PPE, qualifies the prospective athlete for school or organized sports. Most school districts require them for a wide range of team sports. However, regardless of the requirement, this evaluation yields important information about health status and fitness for strenuous physical activity.

In addition, Dr. McMullen or Dr. Choudhury can help a young athlete train safely, and she can make adjustments to medications and other ongoing treatments for chronic conditions such as:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Vision and hearing problems
  • Diabetes

She'll also caution teen athletes about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs and about over-training. For instance, girls who over-train may develop female athlete triad which includes menstrual problems, thin bones, and inadequate nutrition/eating habits, reports KidsHealth.

What it involves

At Rocky Creek Family Medicine in Missouri City, TX, the doctor does a full physical assessment with every PPE. That includes:

  • A review of medical and family history and of current medications
  • Measurement of height, weight, and vital signs
  • Evaluation of hearing and vision
  • Chest auscultation to evaluate the heart and lungs
  • Assessment of muscle strength and reflexes
  • Determination of stage of puberty

Additionally, the physician will bring immunizations up to date and complete the documents needed by the school or organization.

If something requires treatment...

If a PPE uncovers a problem, Dr. Choudhury or Dr. McMullen will assist you with proper treatment or referral to an outside medical specialist. Because we are a family medicine practice in Missouri City, TX, we are your medical home, helping you get the proper care you need when you need it.

Finally...

Make sure you or your youngster get a sports physical every year so your paperwork is current and you know all is well for safe participation in athletic activity. Call Rocky Creek Family Medicine in Missouri City, TX, at  (281) 206-0068 today to arrange a PPE with Dr. Deirdre McMullen or Dr. Tiyashi Choudhury.

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