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If your child needs an annual physical before school starts, now is the time to schedule an appointment. Some clinics even have same-day availability to fit your family's schedule. Please complete this pre-participation physical form prior to your visit.
Several locations are offering school and sports physicals. Here is a list of our area clinics:
Sports physicals are also available at our Urgent Care location. Patients can check-in online or walk-in. The cost is $39 and they are not covered by insurance.
You and your doctor know your child – and your child's health – better than anyone else.
Having a primary care provider means you have a partner to track your child's health over time, as well as comprehensive knowledge on any previous hospitalizations, medications, allergies or illnesses, such as asthma, epilepsy or diabetes, which may interfere with your child's ability to safely participate in an activity.
In order for children to enroll in schools, or play in certain activities and sports, a school or sports physical may be required. A primary care provider performs the comprehensive checkup to make sure there are no alarming changes since your child's last visit. Included in the exam is a head-to-toe health assessment of your child's:
If your child's doctor does detect any abnormalities, he or she can prescribe the appropriate next steps to ensure your child is properly cared for or treated in a timely manner, so that he or she may still be able to safely participate in the activity on time.
Keeping current on vaccinations is important at any age, but it is especially important for children. Children require specific vaccinations at certain ages to create immunity to potentially harmful, even life-threatening, diseases. During your exam, your child's primary care physician will make sure he or she is up-to-date with all vaccinations according to guidelines set by the CDC and required by schools.
Your child's pre-participation physical exam is also a great opportunity to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have about his or her physical or emotional well-being. In addition to serving as an important resource for your medical questions, your child's physician will also be able to provide tips pertaining to injury prevention, training, nutrition and a range of other topics specifically designed to help your child become a stronger, healthier and safer participant.