If your child is starting school, sports or camp, a physical is typically required to ensure they are healthy. During school/sports/camp physicals, the doctor will review your child’s family medical history and perform a comprehensive exam. Here is everything you need to know about each type.
School physicals help measure your child’s health progress on a yearly basis. The doctor will examine your child and make sure immunizations are up-to-date. If your child is taking any medications, you may want to bring a list to your appointment. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s physical or emotional health, you can get them addressed during this visit.
Sports physicals are necessary to detect any health issues that may cause injury while engaged during the activity. These exams should be done at least six weeks before the sports season begins. During your visit, the doctor will check your child’s vitals and flexibility in the joints. You may also expect a vision exam and a fitness assessment of your child’s cardiovascular system. Sports physicals should not be considered a replacement for a school physical, as they are more limited in what health issues are evaluated.
With camp physicals, the doctor will be looking for any health conditions that may impact your child during their camp stay. The camp physical can also help prevent the spread of contagious illnesses. During the visit, the doctor can provide recommendations to help avoid injury or illness while at camp. You may wish to schedule a camp physical along with your child’s school physical for convenience.
Do You Need School/Sports/Camp Physicals?
Whether your child is headed off to school, sports or camp, make sure they are healthy. CLEAR Immediate Care offers school, sports and camp physicals for organizations and families throughout Chicago. Schedule an appointment today.