by Joanna Storey, M.D.
It’s an encouraging sign of community life returning to normal that area schools are beginning summer sports practices. As a result, we’ve heard from many parents in our practice that their children are needing a sports physical. In the past, many kids have attended mass screening events for these yearly checks, but we know this year that gathering in large groups could be unnecessarily risky. With this in mind, we’ve opened our schedules to accommodate the needs of our patient athletes.
At Children’s Medical Group, the yearly sports physical is a chance for us to assure our patients are healthy for athletic participation. We ask screening questions that might hint at unknown cardiovascular problems. We review any history of injuries or worrisome symptoms that might require further evaluation. And we touch base with our patients about any ongoing conditions like asthma and allergies which could impact their health and their sports performance. These visits are also an opportunity to refill medications and provide needed vaccinations. In most cases, the costs are covered 100% by patients’ health insurance policies.
Please call us today to schedule your child’s sports physical. New patients are welcome.