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School and Sports Physicals

Board Certified Pediatricians located in Henderson, NV

School and Sports Physicals

School and sports physicals are often required before your child starts a new school or sport. At Inspirada Pediatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada, board-certified pediatricians Dr. Charles Hutchings (Dr. Chuck), Dr. Cynthia Chase, and PA Allie MacAdams and the team offer school and sports physicals. Depending on what type of physical your child needs, they provide the appropriate testing, administer the necessary vaccines, and complete the required paperwork. Don’t wait to schedule school and sports physicals; call Inspirada Pediatrics or book an appointment online today.

School and Sports Physicals Q & A

Why are school and sports physicals necessary?

School and sports physicals are necessary to protect your child from illnesses and injuries. 

Your child may not need a school physical every year, but they may need one when they first start school or go to a new school. Each school may have its own specific requirements, but most often need a signed physical exam form and certificate of immunization form. 

Immunizations are medical treatments that improve your child’s immune system’s ability to fight off common contagious diseases. School settings are a common place children get sick, and immunizations may prevent certain illnesses or serious infections. 

Your child may need a sports physical before starting a new sport. These physicals focus on ensuring your child can safely play the sport of their choice without the risk of injury. 

When should I schedule school and sports physicals?

You should schedule school and sports physicals at least six weeks before the start of school or a new sport. However, you may combine the school and sports physical with your child’s annual wellness visit.

Every child needs a comprehensive yearly physical exam to monitor growth and development and update vaccines. Most school and sports physicals are good for 12 months. 

When scheduling your child’s annual wellness visit at Inspirada Pediatrics, let the team know you also need a school or sports physical. It’s also helpful to contact your child's school or sports association to determine if they require specific forms and bring that paperwork to your appointment.

What is the difference between school and sports physicals?

School and sports physicals are very similar. However, a school physical focuses more on general health and immunizations, while a sports physical focuses more on fitness and the risk of sports injury.

The team can complete a school and sports physical at the same time but may do additional testing for a sports physical to evaluate the heart, lungs, and musculoskeletal system (muscles and joints). 

If the team at Inspirada Pediatrics finds anything that may put your child at risk of injury when playing a sport, they may make recommendations that require a specialist or follow-up visit. 

If your child has asthma, for example, the team may suggest seeing an allergist for recommendations on reducing your child’s risk of having an asthma attack when playing their sport.

They may also have you return to the office to ensure everything is in place before signing off on the sports physical. The team also provides suggestions on how to prevent injuries.

Call Inspirada Pediatrics or schedule your child’s school or sports physical online today.