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DOT And Sports Physicals Specialist

Ravinderjit  K Singh, MD -  - Urgent Care

StatMD Urgent Care

Ravinderjit K Singh, MD

Urgent Care located in Bakersfield, CA

If you drive a commercial vehicle or participate in organized sports, you’re occasionally required to undergo a DOT or sports physical. At StatMD, urgent care and family medicine specialist Ravinderjit Singh, MD, offers DOT and sports physicals to commercial drivers and athletes of all ages. To make an appointment at the office in Bakersfield, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

DOT and Sports Physicals Q & A

What are DOT and sports physicals?

DOT and sports physicals determine the status of your health and ability to perform your occupation or activity.

DOT physical

A DOT physical is a medical exam required of all commercial drivers by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Operating heavy machinery and sitting for long periods of time present certain health risks. If you operate a commercial vehicle, you’re required by law to undergo a DOT physical every two years.

If you have a chronic health problem, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea, more frequent exams may be necessary.

Sports physical

Many organized athletic leagues require players to undergo a sports physical before the start of a new season. A sports physical ensures you’re healthy enough to participate in strenuous physical activity. 

What do DOT and sports physicals involve?

DOT and sports physicals are very similar to traditional annual physicals. The primary difference is that following the completion of the exam, your provider signs off on necessary paperwork that allows you to receive a commercial driver’s license or to participate in organized sports.

At the beginning of the exam, your StatMD provider asks a series of questions about your lifestyle, including how often you exercise, if you smoke or drink alcohol, and the type of food you eat. If you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms, bring them up during this time. 

Next, your provider conducts a comprehensive exam. They:

  • Inspect your ears, eyes, nose, and throat
  • Listen to your heart and respiratory rate
  • Test your reflexes
  • Examine your skin for unusual moles or growths
  • Palpate your organs to determine their size and location
  • Order laboratory tests
  • Update your immunizations, if necessary

If your provider determines that you’re healthy enough to operate a commercial vehicle or participate in organized sports, they sign off on the necessary paperwork. Following the exam, you submit the documents to your employer or league commissioner.

How do I prepare for a DOT and sports physical?

To get the most out of your DOT or sports physical, it’s important to gather the following paperwork:

  • Medical records
  • Names and contact information of your previous doctors or specialists 
  • Most recent laboratory test results
  • A list of the medications you take, including vitamins and supplements

If you wear glasses or hearing aids, make sure to bring those as well. 

Don’t wait to request your DOT and sports physical at StatMD. Call the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff or click the online booking tool today.