Is a Sports Physical Important?
Fall sports season is just around the corner. Time to start thinking about that very important Sports Physical. Many think it's as simply as seeing a healthcare professional to fill out a form so that a child may participate in an activity. The form is a technicality, but it's important for a child to be seen by their primary care provider for a comprehensive health examination, commonly known as a well child check (WCC). The form may be completed as part of this examination.
Convenience is often a priority—especially when a deadline is looming— so many families seek out a quick alternative to complete the paperwork but it's important to note the difference in the level of services provided from various healthcare professionals.
Your PCP is trained to exam a child's entire well-being, not just the items on the required forms. An annual WCC is the standard of care. It allows the PCP to keep a close eye on a child's general health and development. At Maple Street Clinic, our PCPs conduct a comprehensive exam, analyze risk based on family history, administer any vaccines that are due, assess behavioral issues, and provide guidance on the major changes that happen as a child matures.
By the way, a WCC is not only for youths participating in a sport. It is an important yearly milestone for every child and adolescent. Call us today to schedule a wellness exam—regardless of your age. We are able to accommodate most scheduling needs (perhaps even a couple "last minute" deadlines) but we do suggest planning ahead to avoid the stress.
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