Sports Physical

Joseph P. Mullane, MD

Sports Medicine & Family Medicine located in Hamilton and Robbinsville, Hamilton Square, NJ

The results of a sports physical can tell you if you or your child is in top shape for a given physical activity or if you need to take special considerations to be safe while you play. At his private practice in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, Joseph Mullane, MD, offers sports physicals to adult, adolescent, and child athletes and workout enthusiasts. To request a sports physical for yourself or your child, call the office located near the Hamilton and Robbinsville neighborhoods or use the online booking feature today.

Sports Physical Q & A

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is a routine visit that you should make to your physician before participating in a new sport or physical activity, even if you’re in pretty good shape. While it shouldn’t take the place of your annual physical exam, it includes some of the same measurements and tests. 

Dr. Mullane can perform a sports physical for you no matter your age to make sure you can safely participate in your preferred sport or activity. He can also perform a sports physical for your child so that you can have peace of mind about your child’s safe participation. 

When do I need a sports physical?

Sports physicals are usually a requirement for student-athletes who are playing sports for a school or university. Even some club sports require you to pass a sports physical as a condition of your participation. The results of your child’s sports physical can show their coach and organization that they’re fit to play and not at high risk for an injury or medical complication. 

Even children and adolescents who don’t play sports on a team can benefit from a sports physical regardless of their fitness level. Your child might participate in activities like skiing, snowboarding, biking, or hiking that are just as physically active as an organized sport like football, basketball, or volleyball. 

While you might not think you need one, adults can benefit from sports physicals too. Dr. Mullane encourages you to book an appointment for a sports physical if you’re trying out a new activity or even a new workout routine, even if you don’t have a coach or trainer holding you accountable.

What should I expect during a sports physical?

Sports physicals include many of the steps that your regular annual physicals and your child’s school physicals for enrollment. Before you come in, you should make sure you know all of the medications you or your child takes and their dosages. If your child needs a sports physical for their school, club, or sports organization, be sure to bring the paperwork.

Dr. Mullane goes over your or your child’s medical history and takes note of height, weight, and vitals. A typical sports physical also evaluates:

  • Eye health and vision
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Respiratory health
  • Joints and flexibility
  • Signs of concussions or other head injuries
  • Special considerations for disabled athletes
  • Special considerations for female athletes (e.g., menstrual health, bone health)

Toward the end of the appointment, Dr. Mullane can offer suggestions and answers any questions that come up about your health and fitness. The results of your or your child’s sports physical stay valid for one year before you should update the information. 

Sports physicals can ensure safety for you or your active child during sports and activities. To request a sports physical, call Joseph Mullane, MD, or use the online booking feature today.