Valley of the Sun Pediatrics
Board Certified Pediatricians located in Peoria, AZ & Glendale, AZ
Many schools and sports leagues require physical exams before a child begins classes or practice. Whether your child is entering a new grade or starting a new sport, find comprehensive sports physicals at Valley of the Sun Pediatrics. The pediatric team offer physicals to children of all ages in Peoria and Glendale, Arizona. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Sports Physicals Q&A
Why do children need physical exams?
As your child grows, their health and wellness needs will change. Physical exams allow their pediatrician to monitor your child’s growth and development and make sure that any potential problems are treated as quickly as possible.
Many school districts require physical exams when children start school, enter a new grade, or change schools.
Sports physicals complement annual exams. Their precise goal is to determine if your child is healthy enough to participate in a sport. Each school district will have different requirements, and the practice will review these requirements during your child’s exam.
Some schools and sports teams require that you provide a copy of your child’s vaccination record before he or she is cleared to participate in sports. This is to protect the overall health of the entire sporting team and community.
What happens at a pediatric sports physical?
Physical exams at Valley of the Sun Pediatrics include a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s growth, development, and overall wellness.
The doctor begins by checking your child’s vital signs. These health checks can include:
- Ears, nose, and throat exam
- Blood pressure measurement
- Heart and lungs assessment
- Height measurement
- Weight measurement
- Vision and hearing evaluation
- Strength assessment
- Flexibility assessment
The doctor visually examines your child’s ears, nose, and throat. They listen to the child’s heartbeat and lungs to evaluate their function. They usually palpate (feel) their abdomen to check for pain or any unusual symptoms.
How do I prepare my child for a sports physical?
Some children will be nervous about completing a sports physical. The practice will provide you with information about preparing for the exam and what to bring to the appointment. Letting your child know what to expect before the physical will help to prepare them. If any immunizations are needed, talking about why they are important will also help them feel more at ease.
Come prepared to talk about any changes since your child’s last physical and any changes to the family’s medical history. If your child is taking over-the-counter or prescription medications, it’s important to mention these at the appointment.
If your child needs a sports physical to join a team, call Valley of the Sun Pediatrics today to make an appointment or book one online.