DON’T LET THE SPORTS PHYSICAL REPLACE A WELL CHILD VISIT WITH YOUR PEDIATRICIAN!

DON’T LET THE SPORTS PHYSICAL REPLACE A WELL CHILD VISIT WITH YOUR PEDIATRICIAN!

When your child enters middle school, start planning ahead and preschedule  their annual check- up and sports clearance with the pediatrician so that your child doesn’t miss any sports activities.
Pediatric Physician, Galen Y.K. Chock, MD at The Queen’s Physicians Office Building advises, “Pediatricians prefer to see their patients at least once a year for the Well Child, Well Adolescent or Well Young Adult check-up. This visit is an opportunity for the pediatrician to evaluate the overall health status of each individual, review any needed immunizations and for the patient and family to ask questions about their health and health related issues. At the same time most pediatricians can address current illnesses as well as complete a sports clearance exam if needed.”
Most sports clearances are good for one year, but one should check with the school and coaches for the specific requirements. When your child enters middle school, start planning ahead and preschedule  their annual check- up and sports clearance with the pediatrician so that your child doesn’t miss any sports activities.

The Well Child Visit is vital to the health and wellness of your child. It is an annual exam done by your pediatrician. The annual Well Child Visit builds a medical history documenting health changes from one year to the next. The full exam offers the physician time to provide wellness guidance and advice, monitor the heart and blood pressure, complete pediatric vision screenings and conduct screen for cholesterol and anemia.

In addition, the Well Child Visit allows the pediatrician to address vaccines, and any emotional, developmental or social concerns a child or child’s parents may have, especially as the child grows into a teenager.

Your pediatrician may also complete the paperwork for your child’s sports physical. Remember, sports physicals are NOT a replacement for the Annual Well Child Visit. Be sure to schedule Annual Well Child Visits with your pediatrician.

While all students playing sports are required to complete a Sports Physical prior to playing, the Sports Physical is often a last minute urgent errand that must be done so Johnny can play ball. The Well Child Visit eliminates the need for a sports physical. However, a sports physical DOES NOT replace the Well Child Visit.

When you are in a pinch, Urgent Care Hawaii offers convenient, affordable sports physicals for children with no appointment required. Check with your school for annual and sports physical requirements.

2018-07-20T18:56:59+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|