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Team sports are a great way for school aged children to maintain a healthy weight, socialize and make new friends, engage in healthy competition, achieve personal and team goals, and learn valuable skills and life lessons. But just like any activity that requires physical exertion and carries an inherent risk of even minor injuries, most schools and athletic programs will require that every child is healthy enough and able to participate before getting started. The pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Tara Etter, and Dr. Leesa Lawrence offer school and sports physicals in Marion, VA, to help get your kids ready to play.
School and Sports Physicals in Marion, VA
Even if your child is in good health and has already undergone a standard check up or wellness check with their pediatrician, schools and athletic programs require comprehensive sports physicals to make sure that your child will be able to meet the physical demands of the program, and to minimize liability for potential injuries and accidents.
A sports physical typically covers the basics like checking vision, weight and height, basic reflexes, and blood pressure. Depending on the type of activity, they may also check for joint function and muscle strength and flexibility. If your child suffers from a health condition like asthma, diabetes, or is obese/overweight, getting a sports physical and following specific medical guidelines will be especially important (however underlying health conditions are not necessarily a deterrent to joining a sports team and getting necessary physical activity).
After the evaluation is complete and the pediatrician determines that it is safe for your child to participate, they will fill out the required forms or provide documentation to present to the school to get started.
Find a Pediatrician in Marion, VA
For more information about school and sports physicals and getting your child cleared to participate in a sport or physical activity, contact Royal Oak Pediatric Associates by calling (276) 783-8183 to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians today.
Well-child visits play an important role in the health of your children. Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter, and Becky Ewald, certified pediatric nurse practitioner, explain how your kids can benefit from the visits.
Hearing and vision problems are detected
Signs of hearing and visions problems can be very subtle in young children. For example, your child may not be ignoring you when he or she doesn't follow your instructions, but might not be able to hear you clearly. Vision loss can often be mistaken for coordination or balance problems or even learning disorders. If vision and hearing issues aren't diagnosed and treated early, school performance can be affected, as can your child's abilities to excel at games or sports.
Hearing and vision screenings conducted as part of well child visits will ensure that any issues that your child has will be promptly diagnosed and treated.
Visits ensure children are up-to-date on immunizations
Is your child up-to-date on his or her immunizations? Immunizations prevent your son or daughter from developing a range of common childhood illnesses and diseases, including:
- Chicken pox
- Diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis
- Human papilloma virus
- Hepatitis A and B
- Pneumococcal disease
- Haemophilus influenza type B
Vaccinations protect your child from developing the diseases, but also prevent the spread of the illnesses to children who are too young to receive immunizations or children who can't receive the vaccines due to health conditions.
Well child visits track development and growth
When your child receives regular well-child exams in our Marion office, we can track their growth and development from visit to visit and note any issues of concern. Early intervention is the key to ensuring that your child doesn't suffer lasting effects from developmental delays. Visits also provide the opportunity for you to discuss any questions you may have about your child's development, behavior or health conditions.
Protect your child's health with regular well-visits. Call Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter, and Becky Ewald, CPNP at (276) 783-8183 to schedule an appointment.