Back to School Basics: School and Sports Physicals

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Provided by Patient First

After the last three years of uncertainty, changing learning environments, and varying levels of safety protocols, one thing has remained constant when it comes to the start of a new school year…the school physical.Children need to be healthy and alert in order to do well in school. Different schools and states have different requirements, so parents need to do their homework to find out when their child should be examined.

School Physicals

Standard physicals will check basic vital signs including height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature. Doctors will also examine a patient’s eyes, nose, ears and mouth and feel around the abdomen for any irregularities.

Sports Physicals

Will your kids be joining the football team or cheerleading squad this year? Sports teams may require a separate physical before the season begins. Missing a physical could mean your child misses the big game. Since sports physicals are meant to ensure someone is healthy enough to participate in an active sport, it can be more in-depth than a basic check-up.


Vaccines for things like Hepatitis and Varicella (chickenpox) are required throughout grade school. Other suggested guidelines can be found on websites for the CDC and your child’s school. Talk to your doctor and your school system to see what is best for your child.It’s important to have your child’s doctor perform a physical because it is a good way to monitor changes in young bodies that could lead to something more serious. Don’t wait until the last minute – the school year is right around the corner!

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