In the blink of an eye, it’s August. Kids throughout New England are preparing to return to school, and parents are creating checklists to ensure nothing falls through the cracks before sending their children off on their first day. One back to school necessity that is often overlooked is a child’s physical exam. Getting a physical before heading back for another school year is often a requirement, especially if your child or teen is an athlete.
Here are a few commonly asked questions about sports, school and camp physicals at ConvenientMD fielded by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mark Pundt.
Q: What is a Sports, School or Camp Physical?
A: Sports, School or Camp Physicals – also known as a pre-participation physical examination – are often required by schools, athletic leagues, and camps to assess if it’s safe for your child or teen to participate in the organization or league. It’s important to note that school, sports, and camp physicals at ConvenientMD do not replace annual physicals with a primary care physician. All patients should see their primary care physicians on an annual basis to help manage and maintain their health long-term.
Q: What should my child expect as part of a Sports, School or Camp Physical at ConvenientMD?
A: Sports, school and camp physicals have two main parts.
In the first portion of your child’s physical the medical team will take measurements and examine general health.
- Height, weight, blood pressure, and pulse are taken
- Vision is checked with an eye chart
- Heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose and throat are examined
- Finally, posture, joints, strength and flexibility are checked
In the second portion of your child or teen’s physical, the provider asks about and discuss any past illnesses, injuries, hospitalizations and surgeries that your child has experienced. The provider will ask if you’ve passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or felt short of breath during exercise. The provider will also ask about any medications you may be on. Finally, the provider will ask about and discuss serious illnesses among family members.
Q: Do you have vaccines at ConvenientMD?
A: Yes! To help meet school immunization requirements, ConvenientMD now offers the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis/Whooping Cough) and a variety of other common vaccines.
Q: Do you provide documentation of the visit?
A: Yes we do! Throughout your child’s physical the provider will complete a physical evaluation form. You will leave with a copy of this form to be submitted to your child’s school, coach or camp leader if necessary.
Q: Do I Need to Make an Appointment for a Sports, School or Camp Physical?
A: You never need to make an appointment for a youth physical at ConvenientMD. All of our clinics are staffed with full medical teams, and patients are seen 7 days a week from 8am-8pm.
Check this one off your back to school list today! Stop into any ConvenientMD location in Maine, Massachusetts or New Hampshire to be seen by one of our providers.