Sports Physical Specialist

Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens

Pediatrician located in Irvine, CA

Every 25 seconds, a student-athlete visits the emergency room for a sports-related injury, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. That’s why the team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens in Irvine, California, provide convenient and affordable sports physicals to assess your child’s readiness to play and identify any health concerns. Call the office to schedule a sports physical today or book one online.

Sports Physical Q&A

Click here to download and print the General Sports Physical Evaluation form.

Click here to download and print the Irvine Unified Sports Clearance form

Who needs a sports physical?

Kids of all ages who play recreational or competitive sports typically need a specific physical checkup called a sports physical or a participation physical exam. In some states, this is the law.

Even if your child’s team doesn’t require a sports physical, this thorough assessment of your child’s health and injury risk provided by Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens offers important peace of mind.

Sports that require participation physicals include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, and cheerleading, among many others.

What does a sports physical include?

Your child’s sports physical consists of two key parts: a physical exam and a medical history. You’ll usually be able to fill out the medical history section at home, answering questions about your child’s health status, past injuries and illnesses, and family history.  

Dr. Huckaby completes the physical exam in the comfort of their Irvine office, assessing your child’s:

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Blood pressure
  • Pulse
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Posture
  • Joints
  • Flexibility
  • Vision

This information provides a clear snapshot of your youngster’s health status, along with their strength, weaknesses, and risks.

Your physician can also review safety practices with your child, such as always wearing a helmet on the football field or stretching to warm up before running or engaging in strenuous activities.

Will a chronic condition prevent my child from passing a sports physical?

The fact that a young athlete has asthma, diabetes, or impaired vision doesn’t mean they can’t play sports. But they may need to make some changes in medication or lifestyle to manage their health. When Dr. Hackaby finds something wrong, they work with you and your child to make sure they’re making safe choices, both on the field and off.

Will my insurance cover a sports physical?

The pediatricians at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens understand that enrolling your child in sports can get expensive. Since insurance usually won’t cover sports physicals, the team offers sports physicals at a low cost of $75 to help make it easier for parents to afford.

Call the office to schedule a sports physical or book online.