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If your child has expressed an interest in trying out for a school-sanctioned activity, generally the first step to getting them involved is to schedule a physical examination with their pediatrician. Sometimes called pre-participation physicals or simply physicals, these examinations are often required before your child can try out for an athletic activity at their school. Read on to learn why school physicals are so important, and contact Clearwater Pediatric Care in Clearwater and Westchase, FL, to schedule one!
What's involved with a school physical?
Physical examinations are fairly straightforward; during one, your pediatrician will make a record of your child's height and weight, as well as their blood pressure and heart rate. Their breathing, flexibility, strength, and joint movement will also be evaluated. A satisfactory examination will then be forwarded to your child's school. However, any issues that are detected may require further testing or special accommodations for your child.
Which activities require physicals?
The requirements set forth can vary by the school district, but in general, any sport or club that involves activity will require a physical before your child can try out. This includes sports such as basketball, football, and soccer, as well as cheerleading, dance team, and marching band. These physicals are only good for the duration of the school year, but they can be usually applied to more than one sports season (such as soccer in the fall and baseball in the spring).
Why are school physicals necessary?
Regular exercise is an important part of a child's development, but it's also imperative that it's done safely. A school physical from your pediatrician in either Clearwater or Westchase, FL will help ensure that your child doesn't have any underlying issues, such as asthma or a heart murmur, as these conditions could put them at risk for problems when they're out on the playing field. At the very least, a physical on file will give your child's doctor a yearly baseline from which to operate in case something would change with your child's health.
To schedule a school physical with one of our pediatricians, contact Clearwater Pediatric Care today. We have locations in both Westchase and Clearwater to make it easier for you and your family to receive the best and most convenient care possible—for Clearwater, dial (727) 461-1543, and for Westchase, dial (813) 818-1543.
Find out the importance of these physical examinations and why every child should have them.
Your child is ready to enter school. You got their backpack and their pencils and all the notebooks they could possibly need, but did you forget something? Well, if your child hasn’t made a trip to visit one of our Westchase or Clearwater offices to see Dr. Raj Pai, Dr. Mary Ann Hicks, Dr. Pamela Kilbride or Dr. Sheila Mak for a school physical we are here to tell you why this should be on the top of your to-do list.
Visiting your children’s doctor regularly is a necessity and a vitally important part of keeping your children healthy. By establishing rapport with our doctors not long after birth, we can continue to track and monitor your child’s health and development so that if problems do emerge we can easily detect it.
Before your child even enters school, their school may want a list of the vaccines they have received. This is a major reason why visiting us routinely is especially important. Getting your child vaccinated is a crucial part of keeping them healthy and preventing serious and potentially deadly illnesses.
If your child is an aspiring athlete, it’s important that they are getting the care they need both on and off the field to prevent injury. By coming in for routine school physical examinations we can check for past injuries, injuries that didn’t heal properly or other health conditions that could affect their performance.
Growing athletes may also have very specific questions and needs regarding injury prevention, exercise regimens and nutrition. We can address all of your questions and concerns. Since children can often overtrain it’s important that you and your little one are taking the necessary precautions to prevent injury. These school physicals are just one way to ensure that your child remains healthy. Of course, you can also turn to us throughout the year for any questions you may have.
Call Westchase Pediatric Care in Westchase or our Clearwater office to get the quality care your child needs throughout their life. Call our office today to schedule their next physical.