The scoop on why student athletes need a yearly physical

It’s time for $35 SPORTS, CAMP & SCHOOL physicals America’s ER – Magnolia & Woodlands! Our Dr. Terry Letsinger shares an insight as to why getting a yearly physical is so important.

“The beneficial traits gained from being a student athlete include teamwork, perseverance, responsibility, physical endurance, commitment, time management, and personal and emotional health.

The annual pre-participation sports physical exam is an incredibly important part of ensuring our children and teens remain healthy while participating in sports.  From a physician’s perspective, we try to identify risk factors and exam abnormalities that might place your child at risk for injury or even sudden cardiac death during sports.  Obtaining a thorough family and personal health history is essential.  Our goals during the exam include:

-Evaluating for potential life-threatening conditions such as risk of sudden cardiac death with an EKG.

-Looking for health conditions or orthopedic concerns that may need physical therapy or other treatment prior to participation.

-Identifying athletes who may be at higher risk for abuse of performance enhancing drugs, substance abuse, depression, and eating disorders.

-Inquiring about history of concussion and to determine if the student-athlete is still experiencing post-concussion symptoms if previously concussed.

We welcome you to visit America’s ER with your student athletes this summer. As training camps and tryouts get going I would like to share some inspiration that motivated me as an athlete.  One of America’s greatest Olympians, Jesse Owens believed ‘In the end, it is extra effort that separates a winner from second place. It takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?’  And America’s greatest College Football coach, Paul Bear Bryant said ‘It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.’”

-Terry Letsinger MD