Palm Leaf Pediatrics
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialists & Pediatricians located in Miami, FL
Participating in sports is a great way for kids to learn the benefits of teamwork and stay physically active. Maria Roberta Moro, MD, at Palm Leaf Pediatrics in Miami offers comprehensive sports physicals to meet the requirements of sports organizations and ensure your child is healthy enough to participate in the activity in question. Schedule a sports physical for your child by calling Dr. Roberta Moro’s South Florida office today or by using the convenient online booking feature.
Sports Physical Q & A
What is a sports physical?
A sports physical is a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s health and physical abilities they get before participating in recreational or school sports.
Many youth organizations require a sports physical and signed documentation certifying your child is healthy enough to participate in sports such as basketball, football, soccer, and baseball.
What can I expect during my child’s sports physical?
A sports physical is similar to a well-child visit where Dr. Roberta Moro evaluates your child’s overall health. During the appointment, she first reviews your child’s medical and family history and discusses any new issues your child may be experiencing. She also discusses any medications your child takes for existing medical conditions.
Following the discussion, Dr. Roberta Moro performs a physical examination that includes checking your child’s:
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure
- Body temperature
- Ear, nose, and throat
- Abdomen, lungs, and heart
Part of a sports physical also includes an assessment of your child’s strength, muscle flexibility, and joint health. Following the examination, Dr. Roberta Moro can complete any necessary paperwork for your child’s sports organization.
What are the benefits of a sports physical?
In addition to identifying potential health issues that may interfere with sports activities, the physical can also benefit your child’s health in other ways.
To prevent sports-related injuries and enhance your child’s performance on the field, Dr. Roberta Moro can recommend exercises and other training tips. She also discusses the risks of drugs, alcohol, and performance enhancers with older children in relation to their own sports participation.
What if my child doesn’t pass the physical?
In the event Dr. Roberta Moro detects an issue that may interfere with your child’s health and safety in a sport, it doesn’t mean sports participation is off the table. She carefully reviews existing health conditions and previous sports-related injuries to determine what’s in your child’s best interest.
Depending on the nature of your child’s condition, Dr. Roberta Moro may recommend additional treatments or therapies to make it possible to participate in sports. She creates a customized treatment plan to address their health needs before approving sports participation.
Schedule a sports physical online or by phone with Dr. Roberta Moro today to get your child ready for the season.