It is important that your child be screened adequately for participation in sports or active camps. This evaluation requires review of an in-depth questionnaire filled out by the parent/patient and a thorough physical exam.
The AAP recommends that all children receive routine health supervision visits and sports physicals from their pediatrician. The AAP also recommends parents “steer clear of mass screenings done at school or a pharmacy clinic where the medical record and immunizations may not be available for the best care. Also, if something abnormal is found, your child likely will have to visit his primary physician. This may delay sports participation.”
We are able to perform sports physicals at the time of the well check but, if it has been more than 6 months since your child’s well check, we will need to see him/her again for a physical. This is because of the rapid growth and development and need to rule out specific issues that could hinder his/her participation in sports.
We also recommend getting your sports physical done at least 6 weeks before it is due. Sometimes further screenings are necessary before we can “sign off” that your child is safe to participate. This may include a simple sports EKG or a visit with the Cardiologist. Allowing 6 weeks ensures that your child will be ready to participate on day 1.
Please call the office for any questions about your child’s sports/camp physical.