It’s Time for Sports Physicals

It’s that time of year where families are getting ready for the kids to go back to school. If your child is planning on participating in any sports team, it’s likely that they will need to have a physical before practice even begins. In fact, many schools require student athletes to have a physical each season. Physicals are key to detecting conditions that could lead to major injury or sickness on the field. Here are some good tips to keep in mind, next time you take your child to their sports physical, from Kids Health and the Mayo Clinic:

  • Book the physical for four to six weeks before the first scheduled practice. According to the Mayo Clinic, this lead time will give children with medical issues time for treatment and therapy before the season starts.
  • Prepare your child’s medical history information. The Mayo Clinic suggests highlighting any family history of illness, including cardiac history, a history of injuries and illnesses your child has had, a list of any medications being currently taken, immunization status and any known allergies. It’s also good to note any other previous, recent or current medical conditions.
  • Let your child know what to expect from the physical examination. Kids Health says doctors will usually conduct the following examinations: record height and weight, take a blood pressure and pulse reading, test vision, check the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose and throat, and evaluate posture, joints, strength and flexibility.
  • Ask your child’s doctor about good training tips. According to Kids Health, doctors might have some good ideas for avoiding injuries, recommend specific exercises, and identify any risk factors that might be linked to the sport your child plays.

Have you made an appointment with your child’s pediatrician yet? Regular doctor visits are an important part of keeping your family healthy and safe. The AssuredPartners NL team of personal insurance agents believes that nothing is more important that protecting what means most to you. Our team of agents can review your insurance policies for any gaps in coverage to help keep your family safe. To learn more or to contact an agent, visit: AssuredPartners NL Personal Insurance.

If you’re looking for additional information on sports physicals, check out our What You Need to Know – Sports Physicals blog post.

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