Sports Medicine Specialist

Holvik Family Health Center

Family Medicine Practice & Medical Aesthetics Specialists located in Visalia, CA

Sports medicine provides specialized care to competitive athletes, weekend warriors, and anyone who just wants to stay active and healthy. Dr. William Holvik, at Holvik Family Health Center, proudly serves as the sideline doctor for the local high school football team in Visalia, California. He also practices sports medicine every day. Call his office today or schedule an appointment online for help with sports injuries, issues with training, or when you need a sports participation exam.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What services are provided by a sports medicine physician?

Dr. Holvik treats competitive athletes, weekend warriors, and anyone who lives an active life.

Young athletes often downplay their symptoms so they can keep playing, but protecting developing muscles and bones is vital to preventing severe damage. Dr. Holvik frequently treats:

  • Overuse and overtraining injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Ankle sprains
  • Ligament sprains: Incomplete and complete tears
  • Muscle strains
  • Fractures
  • Tennis elbow
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Joint dislocations

What is a sports physical?

Children and teens who want to get involved in school sports need a thorough physical examination before they can participate. They also need an exam to get cleared to participate following an injury, illness, or infection.

A sports exam focuses on whether or not your child can participate in sports without putting their health at risk. Dr. Holvik assesses past or current injuries and examines muscles, bones, and joints to be sure they’re strong enough to support this activity.

Health conditions such as inflammation, dizziness after exercising, chronic pain, head injuries, asthma, skin infections, previous fractures, and chronic diseases must all be evaluated to be sure your child isn’t put at risk by participating.

How can you prevent sports injuries?

Dr. Holvik teaches young athletes how to prevent sports injuries. A few strategies to prevent injuries include staying in top physical condition, warming up before playing, and staying hydrated.

Be sure your children don’t play when they’re too tired or in pain.

Sports injuries in young athletes are on the rise due to repetitive stress. They’re at risk for overuse injuries when they play multiple sports, train too much without resting, or play the same sport year round.

What do you need to know about concussions?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. While most people recover from a concussion in 7-10 days, repeat concussions can have long-term consequences, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms and contact Dr. Holvik for an immediate examination if you suspect your child has suffered a concussion.

Symptoms may appear immediately, or you may not see them for several days following an injury. The most common symptoms include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in sleep patterns