Sports Physical Examination Specialist

Tri-State Specialists

Orthopedic Surgery & General Surgery located in Sioux City, IA & Le Mars, IA

If you or your child require a sports physical examination to participate in a favorite sport, the experienced sports medicine specialists at Tri-State Specialists in Sioux City, Iowa, can help. They offer comprehensive sports physicals to make sure you’re healthy enough to safely play sports. Schedule a sports physical with Tri-State Specialists by phone or online today.

Sports Physical Exam Q&A

What is a sports physical examination?

A sports physical examination, also called a sports physical, is often a requirement to train for and compete in, for example, school-sponsored sports. 

The goal of a sports physical is to detect health conditions that predispose you to illnesses or injuries and make sure it’s safe for you or your child to participate in physical activity.


What happens during a sports physical examination?

A sports physical appointment at Tri-State Specialists consists of:

Medical history review

During the medical history portion of a sports physical, your doctor asks questions about your health. They might inquire about past or current illnesses and injuries, such as asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, concussions, and bone fractures.

Your physician also reviews medications you’re taking and inquires about symptoms associated with heart problems, such as chest pain, trouble breathing during exercise, and dizziness. Answer all questions to the best of your ability.

Physical examination

During the comprehensive physical exam portion of a sports physical, your provider weighs you and takes your blood pressure and other vital signs. They listen to your lungs and heart and evaluate your abdomen, reflexes, and vision.

Your doctor also checks for signs of spinal irregularities (such as scoliosis), breathing problems, limited joint range of motion, gait abnormalities, and injuries.


What if my doctor finds a health problem?

After a sports physical, your doctor lets you know if you or your child has a health condition that prevents safe participation in sports activities. 

If you have a medical problem or injury that requires treatment, your specialist works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that allows you to safely participate in physical activity.

They might suggest additional testing or follow-up exams. If you have a severe heart condition or another serious health problem, your doctor might not approve sports participation for you.

After getting treated for a health condition, fully recovering from an injury, or your doctor gives you a clean bill of health, they clear you for sports participation by signing off on required sports physical forms.

If you or your child are due for a sports physical, choose the most qualified sports medicine physicians in the tri-state region. Schedule an appointment with Tri-State Specialists by phone or online today.