Sports are a great outlet for your child’s energy, and regular play promotes good health. As many youth organizations require a sports physical as part of registration, Rainilda Valencia, MD, Micaela Marin-Tucker, PA-C, and Megan Reynolds, C-PNP, offer comprehensive sports physicals at Valencia Pediatrics in Victorville, California, to ensure your child is ready to play. Schedule a sports physical at Valencia Pediatrics today using the online booking feature or by calling the office directly. The practice also provides sports physicals to patients in the High Desert communities of Hesperia and Apple Valley.
Sports organizations require a sports physical to ensure your child is healthy enough to play sports. Even if the organization doesn’t require the physical, Dr. Valencia recommends all children receive an exam prior to starting any sport as part of their preventive health care.
A sports physical gives Dr. Valencia the opportunity to examine your child for any issues that may affect their physical activity. The physical exam also helps her determine if your child is ready to participate in the necessary activities involved in a sport.
A sports physical is similar to a well-child visit. Dr. Valencia reviews your child’s medical history and current health before performing a physical exam.
The sports physical differs from an annual visit mainly because Dr. Valencia checks out your child’s strength and flexibility as it pertains to their chosen sport. She can also offer guidance to help your child improve their skills in the game. Her training tips also help your child protect themselves from injuries.
Additionally, Dr. Valencia can discuss certain issues with older children, like weight loss and drug or alcohol use, to ensure they’re making healthy choices.
The staff at Valencia Pediatrics also completes any necessary paperwork the sports organization needs for registration during your appointment.
Should Dr. Valencia discover an issue that can interfere with your child’s participation in sports, it doesn’t mean that your child can’t play. In many cases, Dr. Valencia can create a custom treatment plan that addresses the issue, so your child can register for sports.
If your child has an existing health issue, such as asthma, that can interfere with their play, Dr. Valencia may recommend changing treatments to ensure they are safe when playing sports.
In cases where Dr. Valencia determines certain sports aren’t safe for your child because of a health issue, she may be able to suggest alternative sports or activities that your child can thrive in with their existing medical condition.
Get your child ready for the game with a comprehensive sports physical by calling Valencia Pediatrics or scheduling an appointment online today.