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Sports Physicals

Everyday Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Maywood, NJ

If your child plays sports or is preparing to enroll in summer camp, it’s important to schedule a physical. Assessing your child’s physical and neurological health before the start of a new athletic or camp season can alert you to underlying medical issues and improve their quality of life. At Everyday Urgent Care, the team of expert urgent care providers offers sports physicals and camp physicals to children and teens. To make an appointment for your child in Maywood, New Jersey, call the office or book online today.

Sports Physicals Q & A

What are sports physicals?

A sports physical is a routine checkup that determines if your child is healthy enough to play sports or participate in activities at summer camp.

It’s important to schedule a sports physical, even if your child seems healthy. Many chronic conditions, like asthma and allergies, don’t always present obvious symptoms. Early intervention and treatment can prevent these and other issues from worsening, ensuring your child remains active.

What happens during sports physicals and camp physicals?

At Everyday Urgent Care, sports and camp physicals include two steps:

Step one:  A review of your child’s medical history

At the beginning of a sports or camp physical, your child’s provider reviews their medical records and asks about their general health and lifestyle. For example, your child’s provider might ask if they have any underlying medical conditions, if they experience shortness of breath during exercise, and if they take any medications.

Your child’s provider also asks about the types of meals and snacks they eat, the types of activities they enjoy, and if they stick to a regular sleep schedule.

Step two: A complete physical exam

After gathering that information, your child’s provider conducts a complete physical. During the exam, your child’s Everyday Urgent Care provider weights and measures them, checks their reflexes, examines their eyes, ears, nose, and throat, and checks their skin for any unusual growths.

Your child’s provider also gently presses on their abdomen to assess the size and position of their internal organs. Then, they order on-site lab testing to identify allergies or underlying medical conditions. At the end of the exam, your child’s provider fills out paperwork that you can then submit to their coach, school, or camp counselor.

Why are school physicals and camp physicals important?

School physicals and camp physicals are important because they can alert you to potentially serious medical issues that may increase your child’s risk of an accident or injury. School and camp physicals can educate your child on the importance of warming up, wearing the necessary safety equipment, and practicing proper form.

If your child needs a school physical or a camp physical, don’t wait to make an appointment at Everyday Urgent Care by calling the office or booking online today.