The ABC’s of Back-to-School Physicals: What to Expect and When to Schedule

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No matter which grade your child is about to enter, a routine physical exam is an important part of back-to-school preparation. This annual physical can also be combined with a sports physical examination, required if your child will be participating in extracurricular activities this school year. RediClinic, your source for high-quality school and sports physicals, explains what to expect during a physical and when you should schedule an appointment.

What to Expect

Assessment of physical well-being. During a school physical, your board-certified RediClinic clinician will perform a routine physical that includes measurements and evaluations of your child’s growth and development. The clinician will measure height, weight, pulse and blood pressure. He or she will also evaluate the eyes, ears, nose and throat; neck, chest and lymph nodes; heart and abdomen; skin and muscles; and the joints and spine.

Building a medical history. Routine physicals are an opportunity for young patients to build a medical history. Having a long-term record gives the clinician an awareness of your child’s progress and development over time. Your clinician will review family medical history, any past illnesses or hospitalizations, and current medications.

Charting and paperwork. Ensuring your child is current on all state-required vaccinations is an important part of a school or sports physical for kids. Your clinician can make sure all immunizations are up-to-date, and administer vaccines if needed. You will receive a printed report of your child’s statistics and immunizations for your records. In addition, please bring any school-required physical forms to your child’s appointment.

When to Schedule

For your convenience, it’s best to schedule back-to-school physicals well in advance of the start of school to avoid the back-to-school rush for physicals and required immunizations. If you need a physical test for sports, the best timing is at least six weeks before the start of preseason practice for the respective sports season. This allows time to further evaluate and treat any problems that are discovered during the physical. It also gives your athlete more time to get in shape, reducing the chance of injury once practice begins.

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