School And Sports Physicals Specialist

Northeast Pediatric Associates PA

A Private Pediatric Practice located in Northeast San Antonio, TX, Northcentral San Antonio, TX, Schertz, TX & Castroville, TX

It’s common for children and teens to need physicals before starting a new school year or participating in a sport. The team at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA in Castroville, Schertz, and San Antonio, Texas, can conduct school and sports physicals and help with any essential paperwork if your child is age 13 or older. If your child needs a physical, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

School and Sports Physicals Q & A

When would my child need a school or sports physical?

Most schools and school districts require students to go through comprehensive medical exams before enrolling in classes or before participating in sports or extracurricular activities. These routine exams are important to ensure your child:

  • Is healthy enough for activities
  • Doesn’t have any communicable diseases
  • Is developing healthfully
  • Has recovered after a prior injury

Schools and sports organizations usually provide paperwork for physicians to follow, including tests or evaluations required to perform during physicals.

What happens during school and sports physicals?

A pre-participation physical takes about 45 minutes and involves a medical history review followed by a physical exam. 

Depending on your child’s health and any concerns you may have, their exam may include:

  • Blood testing or urinalysis
  • Height and weight analysis
  • Blood pressure and pulse check
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Head-to-toe evaluation
  • Neurological and reflex testing

While most school and sports physicals are standardized based on school district or state requirements, your child’s exam is also tailored to their specific needs.

After the physical, your provider Northeast Pediatric Associates PA fills the required paperwork by your child's school or sports organization for participation eligibility or refers them for additional testing as needed. They may also recommend a follow-up appointment or refer them to a specialist if any health concerns are noted during the exam.

How do I prepare my child for a school or sports physical?

It can be helpful to read through the form required for the physical, so you can tell your child what to expect. To help your child’s physical go as smoothly as possible, do the following:

  • Make a list of all medications and dietary supplements
  • Gather any recent medical records, such as urgent care visits
  • Bring in vaccination and immunization records 

To schedule your child’s school or sports physical, request an appointment online or over the phone with Northeast Pediatric Associates PA today.