Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sugar Land offers annual student physicals for Fort Bend ISD, Alief ISD, Stafford MSD and any other student athlete needing a physical. The physicians have been associated with these school districts for more than 16 years. 

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) requires all high school athletes to undergo and pass a physical examination prior to participating in sports.  Physical evaluations include examining height, weight, vision, blood pressure, pulse, ears, nose, throat, heart, lungs, abdomen, spine, and all joints in the upper and lower body.  Physicians discuss the athletes’ medical history and consult with them and their parents if further evaluation is necessary prior to releasing them to participate in sports.  

“I grew up in the area and attended Elsik High School, so it is an honor to come back and support the players. We look forward to continuing to support these school districts,” said Dr. Vincent Phan, orthopedic surgeon and team physician. “We truly enjoy working with the schools in Fort Bend and Alief.”

“Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sugar Land generously donates proceeds generated from the physical examinations back to the schools’ athletic training programs. In the last five years, this group of physicians has donated more than $300,000 back to local schools. Athletic trainers use this money to purchase equipment and supplies they need for the upcoming school year,” explained Richard Gregoire, head district athletic trainer with Fort Bend ISD. 

“Partnering with this physician group has allowed me the ability to buy additional rehab equipment for those students who get hurt on the field,” said June Tomlin, athletic trainer at Elkins High School. 

Other local high schools have used the donated money for things such as game day shirts and practice T-shirts, winter jackets, education for student athletic trainers, braces for athletes, rehab equipment and team plaques. 

 “Performing physical examinations is just part of being the team physician. Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physicians support coaches, athletic trainers and players throughout the school year,” added Dr. Timothy Sitter, orthopedic surgeon and team physician.

“Partnering with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides a convenient, inexpensive opportunity for our athletes to complete this important physical exam.  This partnership continues to provide access to some of the finest doctors in our community and a safer environment for our amazing students as they participate in our athletic programs,” Gregoire said. Tomlin concurred, saying, “It is always reassuring to know that the physicians will be there for the athletes, whether it is for physicals before season, injury during the game or a visit to their office after the game.”

“I thoroughly enjoy the relationship we’ve developed with Fort Bend and Alief ISD’s staff,” said Sitter. "It is a privilege to work together with an exceptional group of athletic trainers and coaches, and we look forward to continuing to work together in the future.” 

On Saturday, July 30, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will host student physicals from 9 a.m. - noon at their new location at 16811 Southwest Frwy., Sugar Land, TX, 77479 located on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Campus at the corner of Hwy 59 and Sweetwater Blvd. Orthopedic, sports medicine and cardiology physicians will be on site to provide additional clearance as needed.

The cost is $20 (cash only) for ages 12-18. Be sure to also bring the UIL Physical Evaluation form, which can be printed from, houstonmethodist.org/sl-studentphysicals Students receiving a physical will also get a free T-shirt. 

 For more information, email athletictrainer@houstonmethodist.org or call 281.275.0447.