Sports and School Physicals
With more than 46 million kids participating in sports each year, making sure your athlete is okay to play is the first step in getting ready for the big game. Whether your child is getting ready for sports, school, or camp, a physical is the first step in making sure they’re healthy and ready for any activity!!
Did you know that 62 percent of all organized sports-related injuries happen during practices rather than games? Football, basketball, and soccer were found to be the top three sports where most injuries occur.
Sports physicals are largely required by athletic leagues and schools − and for good reason. They raise awareness of any issues that may interfere with your child’s ability to participate in a sport. Our providers can identify areas that may be prone to injury and suggest tips and exercises to avoid future problems. Our providers will check your athlete’s vitals, joints, and flexibility. They’ll also check your athlete’s vision and do a short fitness assessment to diagnose and recommend any possible limitations on physical activity.
- Vital’s Check: We’ll check your child’s pulse and blood pressure to ensure proper vitals. We’ll also document his or her weight and height, since growth spurts and weight changes can place added stress on joints, muscles, and bones.
- Vision Exam: An eye exam checks for proper vision and evaluates whether your child needs prescription lenses or if his or her current prescription needs to be adjusted.
- Fitness Assessment: Next we’ll examine your child’s heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat. We’ll check his or her cardiovascular system and recommending any limitations on physical activity.
- Joints and Flexibility Check: By testing your child’s strength, flexibility, posture, and joints, we can identify any areas that may be prone to injury as well as suggest potential exercises and tips to help build a healthier body.
- Medical History Review: A medical history is just as important as a medical examination. Knowing about any past illnesses, surgeries, or conditions, such as asthma or chest pains, will help diagnose problems and prevent complications in the future.
For children heading back to school, a proper checkup is important to evaluate any issues your growing child may be dealing with. For example, a back to school physical can touch on whether a child’s vision is developing properly and address any other physical development issues that are important to a growing child. Back to school physical exams will vary based on the child’s age, but typically the provider will:
• Record your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and BMI
• Check your child’s heart, lungs, lymph nodes, abdomen, skin, eyes, ears, nose, and throat
• Evaluate your child’s vision, joints, muscles, and spine
• Discuss the medical history of your child and your family
WHAT TO BRING
You should bring your child’s immunization records and a list of any medications your child takes, including prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines.
*When coming in for immunizations, please call ahead to ensure we have the vaccination your child needs. Also, be sure to bring a current copy of your child’s immunization record with you. To schedule your back to school physical, please call us at 866-595-5113!
1530 Celebration Boulevard, Suite 301
Celebration, FL 34747
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm