School Physicals

School Physicals

Do you have a child in school that wants to participate in sports? If so, it may be time for a school physical in Denham Springs, LA. The team at Pediatric Associates of Denham Springs is proud to offer school physicals for children. Read on to learn about what to expect during this procedure.

When Do Pediatricians Do School Physicals?

Sports is a way for kids to participate in teamwork, avoid only playing video games, and stay fit. However, to pass the requirements to be on any team, your child may need to undergo a full physical examination by a local pediatrician. After all, the school nurse and coaches must be aware of any chronic medical conditions your child may be dealing with. Sports can exacerbate your child's respiratory or cardiovascular system if they are not fit enough yet to meet the endurance needed. 

A condition such as asthma or high blood pressure is essential to know about. If schools are not made aware of outstanding health problems, it could be dangerous to the child's health, and the school also doesn't want to be held liable. Your state also mandates school physicals for your child to be eligible for a sports team.

What Gets Checked During These Physicals?

During this time, the doctor will review the student's medical history and do a full examination to check for different ailments. When your child gets a school physical in Denham Springs, LA,  the pediatric team will review:

  • Weight and height check
  • Heart and lung condition 
  • Posture 
  • Vision test to see if glasses are needed
  • Ear, nose, and throat
  • Joints and muscles

The pediatricians will provide a note stating whether or not they cleared your child for sports. If this is your child's first time trying out for a team, try to make an appointment with the pediatrician as soon as possible at the beginning of the school year.  Avoid missing tryouts because you didn’t get clearance in time.

The staff at Pediatric Associates of Denham Springs are proud to help kids and parents when it is time for those tryouts. 

When you need clearance to play a sport, you can rely on our doctors for your school physical in Denham Springs, LA. Call us at (225) 665-6677 to make an appointment today.

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