school childrenAugust is coming to a close and this means that your kids are getting ready to get back to school!

Most schools make physicals a requirement for the new year; a good tip is to check the school’s website for back to school requirements.  Here are a few reasons why you should put your child’s back-to-school physical on your checklist.

It is important to keep tabs on your child’s health as they grow up. The body of an adolescent goes through a lot of changes and this is when the body is at its most vulnerable.  A medical history tracks changes that may happen in your child’s life. And when a doctor sees something abnormal that strays from your child’s norm, it can then be easy to catch. Some things the body can change in itself between physicals are:

  • Allergies
  • Eyesight
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Scoliosis

Doctors will typically check to make sure that your child is developing properly. Medical histories from previous physicals allow doctors to make sure everything is on track. Kids from the age of 9-13 go through the most types of changes, especially right before they enter high school. It is always best to catch a problem early on, than not at all.

If your child plans on playing sports in the upcoming school year then a sports physical will be required by the school. A sports physical checks to see if your child is medically cleared to play sports. In a sports physical the doctor will check for their:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Spine
  • Heart Rate
  • Vision
  • Reflexes

A doctor might also evaluate for health conditions that might interfere with performance such as asthma or previous injuries. If not cleared by the doctor it is because your child may be at risk of serious injury by playing sports. Also if you do not do a sports physical, in general, your child will also not be able to play sports.

Make sure to come down to AFC Urgent care Burlington before the school year starts to get your physicals!