Why You Shouldn’t Delay that School, Camp or Sports Physical
As flu season winds down, and spring break comes and goes, our minds begin to consider the upcoming school year. For parents of rising kindergarteners or children starting new schools, summer camps or sports, that means making sure physicals are completed.
“Many patients wait until August to get their Kindergarten physicals completed because that is when they are thinking about back to school responsibilities,” said Felicia Coats, Administrator of Rainbow Pediatrics. “We are often fully booked and cannot accommodate patients on such short notice.”
The good news is that physicals are valid for one year. This means that as long as your child’s vaccinations are up to date, the physical form that is required by schools and many sports programs can be completed at any time. That is why spring and summer are among the best times of the year to come in for a physical examination.
Did you know? Some parents are concerned about bringing a healthy child to the pediatrician’s office during flu season. Since there is less illness during the spring and summer months, there is less for parents to fear!
The Importance of Sports Physicals
Sports physicals are similar to standard physical examinations. However, a greater emphasis is placed on sports-related injuries, nutrition, and training. They may not seem like a big deal, but with the growing incidence of sports-related injuries, it is essential for providers to complete a thorough exam of any athlete to ensure their health and safety.
The Importance of Physical Examinations
A lot of changes happen in a growing child over the course of a year. Physical examinations allow the pediatric provider the opportunity not only to perform a physical check-up, but also address any emotional, developmental, or social questions or concerns. Physical examinations are also when vaccinations are administered if due.
If your child is due for a physical examination, give us a call today to schedule their appointment, even if it is months in advance. Think of it as spring cleaning your to-do list!