Sports Physical in NYC

Sports exams are often required for teen or adult participation in sports. They are crucial to evaluate the patient’s health in order to determine that the body can handle the rigors of the sport. If you are a person who leads an active life, and you want to ensure that you are able to continue with your sports activities, then we would love to help you attain your full potential.

What do I need to have when I go to a sports physical?

Before you come to the office for your sports evaluation exam, the doctor asks that you bring your insurance card or a form of payment, any documents that you might need filled out. If you don’t have a medical history form, you should be prepared to answer questions about prior medical history, past surgeries, and family history.

What types of things should I know about my medical history?

When you have to fill out the evaluation paperwork, there are many questions that need to be answered. These questions will help the doctor identify any potential issues that could affect your ability to play sports while she performs the exam. You should be prepared to answer questions relating to your family’s health and hereditary diseases. Your doctor will need to know of any birth defects and childhood diseases, even if they do not affect you now.

Does anyone in your family have diabetes? Cancer? Has there been a history of drug and alcohol abuse in your family? Have you been treated for depression? Surgery? Have you been in an accident that required medical care? Have you ever been under the care of a chiropractor? All of these questions are important and help the doctor examine you thoroughly.

What exactly are sport physicals?

These exams are sometimes known as pre-participation physical examinations. It is a check up to assess a teen or adult’s health and fitness as it is related to any sports participation. The physical is not the same as a routine checkup. These physicals are meant to assess for any disease or injury that could make playing sports dangerous, or aggravate a condition that already exists.

What is the standard procedure for a sport physical exam in NYC?

First you will be assessed for any injury or illness. Your past medical history will also be discussed as it relates to your current condition. Please discuss with your doctor any previous history of asthma, headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes, eating disorders, liver or kidney problems, allergies, skin problems, a family history of heart problems or anyone in your family that has had a sudden death before age 50. Other information includes any history of epilepsy, past surgeries for broken bones, and bone or spine injuries.

What happens after the physical test?

Once you have completed the physical you will be provided with a decision based on several factors. These include the type of sport, the position played, the size of the athletes you will be competing with, and the type of protective equipment you will be using. Your general health is assessed in the context of the particular sport you are playing, and if the physical goes well, as most of them do, the doctor will sign off that are okay to play sports. Sports exams cannot supplement physical exams, so you should still receive your annual checkup. If there is anything questionable upon examination, patients may be asked to have further testing, which may include blood tests, urinalysis, EKG or echocardiogram, X-ray, MRI or CAT scan, and muscle strength testing.

When should I have sports physicals?

You should have an exam about six to eight weeks before the sports season begins. If any condition arises, this is usually enough time to treat it before you begin your training. This is also the time when you may want to formulate a diet and exercise regimen to aid your performance. Speak with your sports physician about foods which can aid your sports performance and keep you in prime health.

Since many teams require this physical to be conducted at least a month before the start of practice, it is a good idea to start your health exam as soon as possible. If anything is found that needs further testing or treatment, the doctor will begin immediately. Once the issue has been treated, you will receive a follow up exam in order to give you the clearance you need to play the sport you have chosen.

The sports exam consists of two parts: the medical history form and the physical examination. The goal of all sports physicals is to evaluate your health, and current fitness level. Sports physicals are recommend for both adults and teens that are going to be taking part in any sports program, fitness regime, or sport club activity.
Sports that may require exams:

  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Swimming
  • Horseback riding
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Wrestling
  • Running
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country

These exams are going to give the team, the patient, and the doctor a way to identify any condition that might keep the patient or athlete out of the game. The timing of the exam also depends on the sports schedule. Some schools require you to have a physical before school begins. Other schools allow athletes to complete their physical before the pre-season training. Either way, before you do the first push up, you will be confident that you have the best medical evaluation you can possibly obtain.

Dr. Marina Gafanovich, MD

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Physical exams should be a part of an annual plan of every New Yorker. Visit Dr. Gafanovich in Manhattan to get a peace of mind in knowing that you are in good health.

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