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Understanding the Difference Between an Annual Exam and a Sports Physical

Understanding the Difference Between an Annual Exam and a Sports Physical

You only get one life. That’s why it’s important to take care of your health in the best way possible. 

If you have children, you’ve probably taught them this, too. You tell them to brush and floss twice a day, get a good amount of sleep, and eat a healthy diet.

Another way to stay on top of your and your children’s health is by getting annual health exams. You may have heard of sports physical if your child is involved in sports. Though you may think these two exams are similar, they have different purposes and are quite different.

Texas Wellness Clinic, located in Richmond, Texas, is here to describe the difference between an annual exam and a sports physical. 

The importance of an annual exam

Many people think it's only essential to go to a doctor when there’s a problem. However, an annual exam is important to prevent future problems and make sure your health is on the right track. 

Annual exams allow Ijeoma Bethel, DNP and Nick Bryant Villegas, DNP, to check in with you or your child and analyze their overall health. People of every age can benefit from an annual physical, but it is vital for individuals over 50.

An annual physical often looks different for everyone, but Dr. Bethel and Dr. Villegas may:

An annual physical can help you live a long, happy life. It’s also a great time to build a deeper connection with Dr. Bethel and Dr. Villegas and ask any questions bothering you.

What to expect during a sports physical

Playing sports is a great way to get exercise. Sports also can cause injury – with over 3.5 million sports-related injuries every year.

Whether taking up a new sport or starting a new season, a sports physical determines if it is safe for you to participate in a sport. Many schools require a sports physical before your child can participate in a league. A sports physical can prevent injury and health problems before they arise. 

Dr. Bethel and Dr. Villegas generally breaks a sports physical into two parts:

Medical history

Dr. Bethel and Dr. Villegas will give you a sports physical questionnaire to fill out for you or your child. The form will contain various questions like what medications you’re taking if you’ve been hospitalized, any known illnesses, and if you’ve experienced chest pain during exercising. This part of the exam is considered the most important, as it indicates if there are any underlying health conditions.

Physical exam

The second part of the exam includes a variety of different health checks taken by Dr. Bethel and Dr. Villegas. These may include:


Dr. Bethel and Dr.Villegas may also ask questions regarding steroids, supplements, and alcohol which can affect your performance.

Prevention is key

Regular check-ups are a vital part of every person’s health. Whether you have something bothering you or you’re taking up a new sport, it’s essential to schedule an exam.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Preventive care reduces the risk of disease, death, and injury. An annual exam or sports physical can reduce the cost of treatment and diagnose a problem in its most treatable state. 

Learn more by calling 361-298-3362 or booking online

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