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Sports Physicals Specialist

Austin Square Medical Group

Gregory J. Facemyer, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.

Family Practice & Board Certified/Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians located in Youngstown, OH

Participating in sports reaps a host of benefits, such as fitness and provides recreation and enjoyment. Sports physicals are crucial to avoiding injury and keeping you active. Gregory J. Facemyer, MD, FAAFP, provides complete sports Physicals for students and amateur and professional athletes at Austin Square Medical Group in Youngstown, Ohio. To learn more or to make an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online.

Sports Physicals Q & A

Why are sports physicals important?

Sports Physicals are important for determining if your body is healthy enough to take part in or return to a sports activity. An exam helps you play to your best ability, but it’s also key in preventing injuries. Dr. Facemyer may also provide you with ways to condition your body so you’re operating at peak performance.

The goals of a sports exam are to determine the following:

  • Overall health of the athlete
  • Current fitness level of the athlete
  • Conditions that could lead to injury
  • Any existing injuries
  • Development and physical maturity of the athlete
  • Congenital anomalies which could increase risk of injury

What is included in a sports physical?

There are two primary parts of most sports physicals. In the first part, Dr. Facemyer takes a complete medical history that includes information about your health as well as the health of your family members. Your medical history provides important information that helps Dr. Facemyer make an accurate assessment of your health in terms of your sport, so be sure to answer all questions fully.

In the second part of the physical, Dr. Facemyer conducts many of the same examinations as would be performed during a regular physical exam, plus other assessments that are not typically included. Some of the evaluations include:

  • Measuring height, weight, and blood pressure
  • Listening to your heart and lungs
  • Examining your ears and throat
  • Assessing your joints and spine
  • Making sure you don’t have any health conditions contradictory to safe sports participation

You may also be given a basic vision exam and lab work may be ordered. Once Dr. Facemyer has collected all your health information, including results of any lab work, he’ll complete forms and paperwork.

What is the difference between an annual exam and a sports physical? 

A sports physical is centered on your ability to perform a certain type of activity instead of focusing on your general health. The aim of the sports physical is to ensure you're healthy enough to participate in a particular sport with equally specific physical demands. As a result, it's not as comprehensive and inclusive as a routine physical would be, and should not be used in place of your regular physical.

To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Austin Square Medical Group today.