Posts for tag: school physicals

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
January 06, 2021
Category: Children's Health

School and sports physicals help protect your child's health. In the Marion, VA, area, your pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates, Drs. Anita Henley, Leesa Lawrence, and Tara Etter offer the physicals.

When are school and sports physicals needed?

A physical may be needed:

  • For enrollment in a school, daycare facility, or camp
  • If your child will be playing a school sport
  • To ensure that a sports injury has healed

Physicals can catch subtle changes in your child's health that could cause serious issues without treatment. Sports physicals are needed to ensure that your child is healthy enough to play sports.

What happens during a school or sports physical?

During your child's visit to the Marion pediatrics office, your son or daughter will receive an examination that may include:

  • Height, weight, temperature, pulse, and blood pressure measurements
  • Examination and evaluation of your child's lungs, heart, abdomen, eyes, ears, throat, and nose
  • A posture check
  • Basic hearing and vision screenings

Your child's pediatrician will also examine his or her joints and assess their flexibility and strength. Since unstable joints can increase your child's risk of injury when playing sports, this part of the examination is particularly important.

She'll also review the medications your son or daughter takes, make sure your child is up-to-date on immunizations, and ask questions about any chronic conditions and diseases, like diabetes, scoliosis, heart murmurs, or asthma.

Chronic conditions won't necessarily prevent your child from playing a sport. As long as the condition is properly managed and precautions are taken, it may be possible for your son or daughter to compete. In some cases, your child may not be approved for participation until treatment for a condition concludes or an injury heals completely.

During the visit, the doctor may also discuss the importance of wearing protective gear and following safe training practices. She can offer advice on healthy eating, the safest ways to maintain a healthy weight, and other issues that may concern young athletes.

Do your children need school and sports physicals? Call your Marion, VA, pediatricians, Drs. Anita Henley, Leesa Lawrence, and Tara Etter at (276) 783-8183to schedule an appointment.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
June 26, 2020

Have you been wondering why your child needs to get a school physical each year?

About the time your child has to go back to school it’s always a good idea to schedule their school physical. This is something that should happen every year without fail and it may even be required before students can enter school or play in a school sport. So, why are school physicals so important? Our Marion, VA, pediatricians have the answer.

Protect Against Serious Illnesses

While it’s impossible to keep your child from ever getting sick, there are precautions you can take to ensure that many serious and life-threatening illnesses do not happen to them. How? By following the vaccine schedule laid out by your Marion, VA, children’s doctor. These annual exams make sure that your child is up-to-date on all vaccines to protect them, their classmates, and others in the community from severe diseases that still exist.

Be Preventative

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” During these school physicals, your child will receive a full examination to track their development and to make sure they are reaching certain developmental milestones. By tracking their progress early on, we can pinpoint potential issues right away and address them.

Protect Against Injury

Whether your child has asthma or has experienced broken bones in the past, their medical history can be very telling when it comes to whether or not they are healthy enough for certain physical activities. We can determine whether your child has injuries that may not have fully healed. This is important because we can talk to you and your child about things they can do to prevent injury (e.g. dynamic stretching and warm-ups; wearing protective gear) while playing sports. We can also determine whether your child is fit for the specific sports activity they want to participate in.

Don’t let your kid sit out on the sidelines until they get their physical. Make sure to schedule your child’s next appointment at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion, VA.