Why Are School and Sports Physicals Important
posted: Feb. 08, 2021.
How a physical from your pediatricians in Tampa, FL, can protect your child’s health
Physicals are an important safeguard to protect your child’s health. They are required for your child to attend school, and for your child to play a sport. Your pediatrician can provide a school or sports physical, to protect your child and give you peace of mind.
Drs. Elizabeth Yakubu, Alrick Drummond, and Regina Oyekoya at Children’s Health Center offer comprehensive pediatric healthcare services, including school and sports physicals. They have two convenient office locations in Tampa, and Riverview, FL, to help you and your child.
So, why are school and sports physicals important? They provide an excellent snapshot of your child’s overall health. Physicals provide baseline information that allows your pediatrician to monitor your child’s growth and development, to make sure your child is on the right track toward good health.
During a school or sports physical, your pediatrician will record basic information about your child’s weight, height, temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. Any allergies, current medications, hospitalizations, injuries, or illnesses will also be listed.
A thorough physical examination is also a vital part of the process. Your pediatrician will examine your child’s eyes, which can include a vision exam. The ears are also examined, and this can include a hearing test.
The physical includes a thorough examination of your child’s musculature, flexibility, reflexes, mobility, and balance. This is especially important during a sport physical because you and your child need to know if your child is healthy enough to play a sport.
School and sports physicals are also an excellent time to catch up on any immunizations your child needs. Immunizations protect your child against many serious diseases and illnesses like the flu, hepatitis, measles, and others. Remember that when your child is protected, it helps protect YOU too!
When you bring your child in for a school or sports physical, you are helping to ensure your child is healthy and stays healthy. Physicals are also an excellent chance for you to ask any questions about your child’s healthcare.
Your child deserves the best chance to live a healthy life, and a school or sports physical can help. To find out more about school or sports physicals, required immunizations, and other pediatric healthcare topics, talk with the experts. Call Drs. Elizabeth Yakubu, Alrick Drummond, and Regina Oyekoya of Children’s Health Center in Tampa, FL, at (813) 914-7772. You can also reach them at their office in Riverview, FL, at (813) 677-2222, so call today!