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Now's the time to fulfill an important requirement for your child. It's the sports physical, and the staff at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, is happy to provide it. The five pediatricians and their team encourage your children in healthy, active lifestyles, and school sports play a significant role in keeping children and teens active. Here are the details on the PPE or pre-participation physical your child needs.
Why a physical?
A PPE, or pre-participation examination ensures your child is ready and able to engage in physical activity with his or her peers. It answers vital questions such as:
- Is the child healthy enough for sports?
- Does he or she have any limitations the school or organization should be aware of?
- What's the child's overall level of conditioning?
- Is weight within normal limits?
- What's his or her maturity level, especially as compared to children in the same age group?
- What is his or her risk of injury?
- How is his or her vision and hearing?
As your pediatrician goes through a routine physical examination, those questions will be answered. Also, the doctor will complete the paperwork the school or organization requires, including those important immunization records.
What does the pediatrician look at?
All pediatric health assessments check a child's height, weight, vital signs and current health conditions such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, and more. The doctor pays particular attention to heart sounds, pulse and blood pressure, but he or she also checks the child's gait, balance, flexibility and other indicators of muscular-skeletal health. A vision and hearing check are part of a PPE as well.
Physicians at the Cleveland Clinic say that PPEs are critically helpful to a young athlete's overall health because these assessments often catch problems early on before they develop serious complications. Also, they alert the school to a medical history of concussion, fainting or any serious illnesses which seem to run in the child's family.
All in all, a PPE affords parents, children, pediatricians and schools/clubs the opportunity to ensure optimal physical function and a good team experience for all participants.
Book it soon
Most schools and club activities (such as the Scouts) need health forms completed several weeks in advance of season start-up. So, now's the time to call Southwest Children's Clinic for your appointment. And, be sure to bring required paperwork with you. Call (801) 563-1975 for an appointment.
Your child is eager to start the school year so they can participate in sports. That’s great news! Keeping your child active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and sports can be a great experience for many children; however, it’s also important that your child’s pediatrician performs a yearly sports physical to make sure that they are ready for physical activity.
A sports physical is necessary for every child regardless of their current health. In fact, some schools make it mandatory for children to get an annual sports physical before they participate in any school sports. Regardless of whether this physical is mandatory or not, it’s highly advised that all children get a sports physical once a year.
Your child’s sports physical will involve going through their medical history and conducting a physical examination. The physical examination is pretty self-explanatory. We will check their vitals, as well as their height and weight. We will perform a vision test and evaluate everything from their heart and respiratory system to their musculoskeletal system. The goal of a physical exam is to make sure that your child hasn’t incurred any past injuries or developed any health problems that could be exacerbated by physical activity.
A pediatrician can also answer questions and provide counseling on nutrition, healthy weight loss or gain, and habits that could help your child’s physical health. Remember to bring any questions along with you.
Besides the physical examination, we will also sit down with you and your child and ask questions about their medical history. It’s important to be as detailed as possible. If it’s the first time they are having a sports physical it’s important to bring in a list of any supplements or medications (both over-the-counter or prescription) that they are currently taking.
We will ask a series of questions to find out if there are any serious or chronic health problems that run in the family, if your child has experienced any past injuries, if they’ve ever undergone surgery or been hospitalized, if they have any allergies or if they have any current disorders or illnesses. It’s important to provide as much detailed history as possible so that our pediatric team can perform a thorough and comprehensive physical.
Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your child’s sports physical. It’s important to get your child on the books before the summer is gone and the doctor’s schedule fills up. You don’t want your child being benched during the season because they didn’t get a sports physical. Call your pediatrician today.
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!
Find out what you and your little one can expect from their upcoming sports physical.
While summer isn’t quite over yet, before you know it the school year will be upon us and you’ll be trying to get your little one ready to go back to school. And if they are excited to be playing any sports this year then it’s important that you make sure you schedule a sports physical for your child with one of our West Jordan, UT pediatricians as soon as possible.
What is involved in a sports physical?
There are two main parts to getting a sports physical: discussing your child’s medical history and then performing the actual physical exam. Their medical history is an important component to making sure they are healthy enough for certain physical activities.
Some of the topics we will cover include:
- If they are up-to-date on their shots.
- If they have a history of eating disorders.
- A family history of health disorders or other serious issues.
- Past sports-related injuries like concussions or fractures.
- A history of asthma.
- Any medications or supplements they are currently taking.
The more information you can provide our West Jordan pediatric doctors the better. We will be able to assess any potential issues that might occur.
During the actual physical exam, we will be checking the overall health of the body to look for any possible musculoskeletal problems. We will take your child’s vital signs and then check their hearing, vision, heart, lungs, spine and posture, and genitals. If your child has a clean bill of health then we will sign the school or league’s form saying that your child is healthy enough to participate.
Why is it important?
These exams are necessary for determining whether or not your child is healthy enough for the sport they want to play. Your child might present with a past injury that didn’t heal properly, which could potentially lead them to further injuries in the future. By detecting these problems before they occur we can put certain precautions in place to ensure that your child stays as safe and healthy on the field as possible.
Don’t leave a sports physical to the last minute or your little one might be sitting on the sidelines. Don’t let this happen to them. Call our Southwest Children’s Clinic LLC in West Jordan, UT today to schedule your child’s next appointment.