School sports are a great way for kids to stay active, learn important life skills, and feel accomplished. They're also fun for parents to watch and support. But before your child heads out on the field or court this year, you'll need to schedule an appointment for a sports physical at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT. All of our providers are qualified to perform these necessary exams. If you have questions about physicals, we've answered a few of them here!
Why does my child need a physical?
Athletic physicals are a routine, yet very important, part of the sport your child will be playing. By law, physicals are required before student athletes can participate. Your pediatrician will be checking to make sure that there are no underlying health issues that might need to be addressed. These evaluations are designed to help prevent an injury or accident from happening during practice or a game. They're also a great way to update your child's health records if they haven't had a doctor's visit recently.
What happens during a physical?
A physical at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan typically takes around a half-hour. During this time, one of our pediatricians will check your child's flexibility, vital signs, eyesight, and medical history. If everything checks out, one of our providers will sign off on the physical form. Any adjustments or further testing may require a follow-up appointment.
When should I schedule a physical?
Many sports begin practicing at the end of the summer, so you should make an appointment at Southwest Children's Clinic soon after school lets out - at least six weeks prior to the start of practice - to avoid a long wait and make sure that your child is eligible to play in their sport of choice.
If your child is interested in playing a sport this school year, don't delay in contacting your West Jordan, UT pediatrician to set up an appointment for a sports physical!