If you’ve already had your sports physical for the year, consider yourself ahead of the game. Medically known as pre-participation physical examination, the visits can help ensure that you’re physically able to take part in athletic activities and go about them as safely as possible.
Dr. Javier Sosa and our expert team at Woodlands Primary Healthcare, located in The Woodlands, Texas, offers sports physicals as an essential means of preventive medicine. Take a few minutes to learn more about these physicals, including the benefits they can bring.
After your sports physical
Once your sports physical is complete, you should have a good idea as to what activities you can, and potentially should not participate in. Your vitals have been taken, including your heart rate and blood pressure, and your height, weight, and basic physical function have been assessed.
If our team has given you the go-ahead to carry on with your chosen activities as desired without any additional steps, you should be good to go until your next one — which will typically take place a year later or before you begin any new activity.
If you’ve been given special instructions to follow, you’ll need to take a few more steps before continuing with your athletics. If that’s the case, fear not. Much of the purpose of a sports physical is to pinpoint any issues that need to be addressed so that you can safely participate.
Steps you may need to take after your sports physical
If Dr. Sosa has detected an issue, such as vision or hearing impairment, you may need an additional exam or tests with a specialist. In particular, it’s not uncommon to need eyeglasses or contact lenses to safely engage in sports. About 27% of people struggle to see at a distance without such an aid, a condition known as myopia or nearsightedness. Thankfully, there are ways to make any aids you require comfortable during physical activity.
If you have a less common but more serious condition, such as a heart problem or hernia, Dr. Sosa may recommend limitations you’ll need to abide by. And if you have a chronic condition, such as asthma, you’ll need to care for it with any medications or other treatments you’ve been prescribed. You may also require follow-up appointments to track your wellness moving forward.
Benefits of your sports physical
The biggest benefit of a sports physical is knowing that you’re healthy enough to enjoy your activities freely or knowing how to become and stay as safe and healthy as possible given an ailment or condition.
Thanks to sports physicals, you’ll have a reduced risk of injury. And if you should develop an injury or illness that impacts your athletic abilities or health on the field, your medical team at Woodlands Primary Healthcare will have a solid record of your health history to enhance any care you might need.
To learn more about sports physicals or get the support you need, call Woodlands Primary Healthcare, located in The Woodlands, Texas, or request an appointment with Dr. Sosa on our website today.