When your child needs to try out for a sport in school, it is likely that they school will require a sports physical. This protects the school, but also your child to ensure that they are capable of this activity safely. Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter, or Becky Ewald at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion, VA, can perform this important medical examination.
About Sports Physicals
This exam clears a child for sports activity. During the physical, your Royal Oak pediatrician takes a close look at your child’s medical history and looks for any new conditions or illnesses that may prevent them from safely participating. Our office also will ensure your child has a full physical asks is up to date on vaccinations. Physicals dine through the school system are unable to provide this as they do not have access to your child's medical history and records.
A sports physical is important because a school takes on a risk when they allow a child to participate in sports. These exams allow the school, school nurse and coach to be aware of any medical conditions your child has that may affect their performance or put them at risk for injury. Some things evaluated during this exam include (and are not limited to):
- Blood pressure
- Vision and hearing
- Joints, muscles, posture, scoliosis
- Ears, nose and throat
- Heart and lungs
- Iron level
Other tests may be required depending on your child’s health and the state you reside. After the physical is complete, your Royal Oak pediatrician will provide you a note confirming whether your child is cleared to safely play sports.
A yearly physical, whether a sports one or not, is important for school-age children, and a Royal Oak pediatrician can perform these important tests to keep your child as healthy as possible. Don’t allow your child to miss out on being a part of a team. Call and schedule an appointment with Royal Oak Pediatric Associates today at (276) 783-8183.