Summer may have just started, but it’s never too early to make plans for the upcoming school year. Depending on your child’s age and level of involvement in sports, it’s likely that he or she will need to receive some type of physical before the next school year rolls around. These physicals aren’t just important because they are required; the exams also help to ensure that your child is healthy and meeting age-based development markers.
Whether your child wants to play football, baseball, wrestling, tennis, or any other sport, a physical will be required to prove that he or she can handle the athletic demands of the sport. These exams are also known as pre-participation physical examinations (PPE). The first section of a sports physical involves a comprehensive medical history that identifies any patterns of illness in your family in order to predict what conditions your child might face.
The physical exam portion of a sports physical will record your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and vision acuity. A doctor will also check your child’s heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, throat, posture, joints, strength, and flexibility. After evaluating everything, the doctor will determine whether it is safe for your child to participate in sports and sign papers accordingly.
Many schools require students to provide proof of an annual doctor’s examination before the school year begins. This helps to ensure that every child is up-to-date on essential vaccines that protect against serious diseases, especially in classroom environments where germs spread quickly.
Sports and school physicals are quick and simple, especially at AFC Urgent Care in St. Petersburg, Florida. AFC Urgent Care is open 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week, so you can walk in whenever it is most convenient for you. You can even use AFC Urgent Care’s website to get in line before you leave the house, so you can get all of the medical attention you need without actually waiting in line. Call (727) 800-4121 to learn more!