Sports medicine physicians from Baylor College of Medicine are now providing on-site physical exams for student athletes at their schools.
“We have done physicals at St. Pius X and recently at the Presbyterian School of Houston, and early feedback has been outstanding,” said Dr. Theodore Shybut, sports medicine expert and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor.
Physical exams aren’t just for football during the school year. Busy parents can bring physical exam forms for camps or summer sport activities to maximize their time.
“Some of the kids are bringing in their summer camp forms, and we can do those at the same time, as they’re usually pretty similar,” said Shybut.
Before the exam there is generally a health history questionnaire that students fill out with a parent and which requires parental signature. This will help physicians know about any prior injuries which may change the type of screening given.
“The purpose of the physical is screening for clearance to participate in sports, so healthy individuals typically get a standard exam,” Shybut said. “Student athletes with prior injuries or abnormal findings on evaluations typically get a more detailed evaluation and recommendations for further evaluation and treatment. Student athletes already in treatment or recovering from an injury or surgery typically are cleared by their treating physician.”
Sports Medicine specialists Shybut and Dr. Aravind Athiviraham, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, say their goal is to return patients to their activities, optimize performance and avoid future injuries.
“Baylor doctors are set apart from others because of our expertise, commitment to excellence and range of services we offer if a problem is detected,” Shybut said.
“All of our specialists are fellowship trained in a specific subspecialty aspect of orthopedic surgery – in my case, sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. My experience treating collegiate and professional athletes, participating in physical examinations at the NFL combine, and with multiple high schools in the Houston area means student athletes and parents are getting the best of care.”
Schools interested in setting up an on-site visit to give exams can contact Baylor’s Sports Medicine department at (713) 986-6016. Share our flyer.
Read more about sports medicine specialties, which include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip and ankle, as well as treatment of sports injuries and degenerative orthopedic conditions.