School And Sports Physicals

1st Choice Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Bakersfield, CA

Whether your child is heading back to school or just made the junior varsity football team, the experts at 1st Choice Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California can make sure they’re primed for success with a school or sports physical. The medical experts at 1st Choice are well-versed in the physical needs of your child and will prepare them for athletic success. Call for an appointment or book your physical online.

School and Sports Physicals Q & A

1st Choice Urgent Care

What is a school physical?

A physical is an integral part of assessing your physical and mental well-being. Back-to-school physicals are standard physicals that give your doctor an opportunity to address any developmental or emotional concerns you might have regarding your child going into a new school year.

A school physical focuses on the overall physical health of your child, as well as their emotional and social health. Many schools require a physical -- including certain vaccinations --before enrollment.

What is a sports physical?

During a sports physical, your doctor reviews your child’s physical health and ensures they can safely play their sport of choice. Sports physicals typically focus on physical attributes like height and weight, vision, hearing, and muscle and bone health, as well as respiratory and heart health.

What can my child expect during a sports physical?

First, your 1st Choice doctor checks for existing medical conditions that may present a risk for participation, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Vision problems
  • Past injuries
  • A family history of heart disease or sudden death

Following a medical history review, your provider performs a physical exam to check several areas, including:

  • Vision and hearing
  • Heart and lung health
  • Joint flexibility, mobility, and posture
  • Neurological functioning
  • Blood pressure

It’s essential for your child to get a physical before playing any sport to address any health issues that could interfere with or be exacerbated by that activity.

What if my child fails the sports physical?

It’s a rare occurrence that your 1st Choice provider will recommend that your child not participate in a sport at all. In most cases, your provider recommends certain precautions or additional equipment to keep your children safe, such as an inhaler for asthma or sports goggles for poor vision.

Depending on your child’s specific condition, they may also require regular checkups throughout the year to ensure their health and safety.

If your child hasn’t received their annual checkup yet or they’re starting a new sport, call your 1st Choice Urgent Care provider or book an appointment online for a physical today.