The ultimate goal of school physicals is to make sure your child is safe and healthy for the upcoming school year. These annual visits are a surefire way to way to keep tabs on your child’s health, get their official growth statistics, and have a real conversation with their doctor about any concerns, questions, or changes to look for in the upcoming year.
School physicals are wellness checkups that are required by most schools before a student can participate in sports and other activities. They are typically the only visit children and teenagers have with their doctors every year. This annual appointment gives doctors a chance to monitor development and address any physical, emotional, or social concerns.
Physicals are also an excellent opportunity to make sure that your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date and that they have no urgent health concerns. These checkups give the school and athletic staff information to best provide for your child.