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By Karen Beckman
August 28, 2019
Tags: Sports Physicals  

Find out more about your child’s annual physical and why they are important for every child.

Have you scheduled your child’s next physical with our pediatricians at Riverside Pediatrics, LLC Dr. Karen Beckman, Dr. Alejandro kid-sportsMones, and Dr. Beth Rosenberg? Making sure that your child gets their annual physical before going back to school or participating in sports is crucial for their health (and sometimes mandatory for some schools). Whether it’s mandatory or not, here’s why these checkups should not be missed. We proudly serve the residents of Riverside, and Greenwich, Connecticut.

What is a sports physical?

Sometimes referred to as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE), this simple checkup will determine whether or not your child or teen is healthy enough to be able to participate in sports. If your child is beginning a new sport or workout routine it’s always a good idea to speak with your Greenwich children’s doctor, and a sports physical is an easy way to ensure that your child gets the checkup they need and a clean bill of health from their doctor.

But my child goes in once a year for a doctor’s checkup. Isn’t that enough?

While it’s important for your child to see their doctor at least once a year (or more often, depending on their age) this won’t take the place of a sports physical. A sports physical is focused specifically on the parts of their health that impact their ability to participate in sports.

What happens during a sports physical?

There are several things that will occur during your child’s checkup. First, our nurses will come in to check their vital signs (e.g. heart rate; blood pressure) and record their height and weight.

After this, your doctor will go through your child’s medical history. It’s important to document any past illnesses, hospitalizations, surgeries, injuries or current symptoms they are experiencing (e.g. abdominal pain; wheezing). Any information you provide can help our doctor identify possible problems that may be exacerbated or lead to health complications as a result of physical activity.

Lastly, your doctor will perform your child’s physical exam. During this exam, we make sure everything is healthy and functioning properly. We will listen to the heart and lungs, check your child’s reflexes, examine their posture, and check everything we need in order to protect your child from potential health problems both on and off the field. After all, certain conditions could leave your child prone to injury if you’re not careful but a physical exam can safeguard against this.

Don’t let your child get benched because they didn’t get a sports physical in time. Call Riverside Pediatrics, LLC serving the residents of Riverside, and Greenwich, Connecticut to schedule their annual physical with us. Call 203-629-5800.

By Riverside Pediatrics LLP
April 07, 2015
Category: Children's Care

Child School and Sports PhysicalsFind out what to expect when your child comes in for their physical examination.

Whether your child is getting ready to go off to a sports camp for the summer or just can’t wait to participate in their local sports team there are some things you will need to do before your child can do either of these things. One thing that is required of every child before taking part in a sports program, camp or new fitness regime is a physical examination, also known as a school and sports physical. Your Greenwich pediatricians at Riverside Pediatrics give you the lowdown on physical examinations, and what you and your child can expect.

The purpose of a physical examination

The main goal of a school and sports physical is to make sure that your child is healthy enough for the physical activity that they want to participate in. Therefore, during your child’s physical examination we will check their overall health, discuss their current fitness regime and any past injuries to determine your child’s risk of developing an injury. We will also find out if your child has any diagnosed medical conditions that could affect their physical activity. Your child’s overall well-being will also be assessed.

When your child should get a physical examination

Any time your child participates in a sports team or league you will need to schedule an annual physical examination with your Greenwich pediatrician. We highly recommend that you get this physical examination at least six weeks before the start of the season. This window between the physical examination and the actual start of the game allows for any health problems or injuries to be addressed and cared for before participating in any sports.

Also, keep in mind that physical examinations may vary depending on the sport. Also check with the sports administrator to make sure that you have all the necessary requirements to be approved for participation.

If your child wants to participate in a new sporting endeavor then it’s time to schedule a physical examination with your Greenwich pediatrician at Riverside Pediatrics, LLP

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