Sports and School Physical Exam Questions and Answers
Internal Medicine and Family Practice offers sports and school physicals examination services in Joliet, IL and surrounding areas. Book an appointment online or call us. We are located at 1719 Glenwood Ave Joliet, IL 60435.
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Here at Internal Medicine and Family Practice, we can provide many different physical exams, including school and sports physicals, and we’re able to provide physicals without the need for an appointment. We can also see patients of any age, including your kids. All this means you can come by for a physical right on the spot or bring in your child for a physical right away. If that sounds like what you want, then come by today or keep reading to learn more!
Sometimes it’s necessary for a child (or an adult) to get a physical exam when they join a new sports team or start a new sports season. The physical may actually be a pre-entry requirement. The physical is important because it helps ensure the athlete will be able to perform the sport safely.
It may be necessary for a child or teen to get a school physical when they’re attending a new school or continuing their education. Again, this may be a pre-entry requirement.
A school physical is important because it helps ensure a child or teen is developing and maturing well, and it allows a medical professional to address any physical, emotional, or social concerns. A school physical is also important to help ensure a child or teen is properly vaccinated. There’s another reason why school physicals are important, and it’s because they can give schools the information they need to provide for a child or teen’s individual needs.
Sports and school physicals are pretty similar to other physical exams, so a medical professional will typically check the patient’s:
• Personal health history and family health history (to look for any risks or recurring health issues)
• Vaccination history (the professional may also offer any important vaccinations)
• Vital signs (such as heart rate, weight, and blood pressure)
• General body health (including eye, ear, nose, heart, lung, and skin health)
• Speech and motor functions
With sports and school physicals, a medical professional may also check for other things to make sure the patient is ready to proceed with playing a sport or attending a school.
In a sports physical or a school physical, a medical professional will likely check for the things we mentioned above and other things. With a sports physical, the professional will also check the patient’s physical strength, reflexes, and agility, or with a school physical, the professional will check the patient’s level of development. This includes things like emotional and social development which are very relevant to school life.
You should go to primary care for these physicals! Primary care can easily provide physical exams like school and sports physicals, and they can see anyone in your family, including your kids. Additionally, primary care can provide physicals without the need for an appointment, which is especially convenient if you or your child hasn’t had a physical exam in a while, or if someone needs a physical right away so they can play a sport or attend school.
Internal Medicine and Family Practice is a primary care clinic, so we can serve you. Our clinic is located near you in Joliet, IL.
We look forward to seeing you soon here at Internal Medicine and Family Practice! For more information, we welcome you to call us or schedule an appointment! We are located at 1719 Glenwood Ave Joliet, IL 60435. We serve patients from Joliet IL, Manhattan IL, Channahon IL, Bolingbrook IL, Naperville IL, Lockport IL, Romeoville IL, and Plainfield IL.