Sports Physicals

Stephen A. Schulman, MD -  - Pediatrician

Stephen A. Schulman, MD

Pediatrician located in Denton, TX

Sports participation is a great way for kids to learn teamwork and stay physically active. As a board-certified pediatrician with 35 years of experience, Stephen A. Schulman, MD, enjoys working with young athletes and offers comprehensive sports physicals at his pediatric practice in Denton, Texas. Dr. Schulman and his caring staff also provide resources to help your child perform optimally in their chosen sport. To schedule a sports physical for your child, call the office or request a consultation online today.

Sports Physicals Q & A

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is an evaluation of your child’s overall health, with a focus on their ability to participate in a chosen sport.

Dr. Schulman offers comprehensive sports physicals in-office to meet the requirements of sports registrations and ensure your child is ready and able to fully participate.

What happens during a sports physical?

During your child’s sports physical, Dr. Schulman reviews their existing health and discusses their personal and family history. He performs an exam of your child’s physical health, evaluating their weight, blood pressure, and heart health.

Dr. Schulman also focuses on your child’s posture and the health of their muscles and joints. He evaluates their overall:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Range of motion

This evaluation ensures your child doesn’t have physical issues that can affect their performance in sports or put them at increased risk for sports-related injuries.

What are the benefits of a sports physical?

Even if your organization doesn’t require a physical exam before your child can participate in sports, scheduling an exam is always a good idea.

In addition to the physical, Dr. Schulman also provides important resources to help your child succeed in their chosen sport. This includes a discussion about potential injury risks in certain sports and how to avoid them. Dr. Schulman can even provide tips to help your child do well in their specific sport.

Dr. Schulman also takes time to discuss important issues, at an age-appropriate level, involving:

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy weight
  • Performance enhancers

Dr. Schulman can also create a plan for your child to safely participate in sports if they have an existing health condition.

Does an existing health issue mean my child can’t play sports?

There’s a range of factors Dr. Schulman takes into consideration about your child’s health when clearing them for sports. Even if your child has an existing health issue, like asthma, Dr. Schulman may still encourage sports activities to keep them healthy and active. He can create strategies to keep your child’s condition well-controlled during sports participation.

In some cases, Dr. Schulman may recommend your child avoid certain sports due to existing health issues and can discuss other options for staying active.

If your child is looking forward to sports signups, schedule a sports physical early by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.