What is a Back-to-School Physical?

Back-to-school is right around the corner. Most schools require some sort of physical exam in order for your child to begin classes, sports, and extra-curricular activities. If you haven’t brought your child to get a back-to-school physical before, there are a few things you should know.

AFC Urgent Care Lyndhurst provides school and sports physicals to all children. You never need an appointment, and our providers can make proper recommendations based on your child’s health and development. Visit our center today.

What is a school physical?

A school physical is a way for parents and health professionals to know whether or not a child is developing properly. Physicals can help determine milestones in a child’s health, and they can look for warning signs of specific conditions that may develop later in life.

School physicals are also an excellent way to see if a child is healthy enough to participate in certain school activities. For example, gym classes are designed to help children get exercise and get their hearts pumping. If a child is exhibiting signs of a possible heart condition, physical exams can excuse them from these activities.

What is included in a physical?

School physicals are fairly straightforward and are the same every year for the most part. Some schools may require more tests than others. Most physicals will include discussing medical history as well as family medical history; recording vitals, such as height and weight, as well as blood pressure and pulse. Most providers will also check a child’s heart, lungs, eyes, and ears.

Some additional tests may include blood tests, further eye exams, and testing of the joints, muscle strength, flexibility, and posture.

Do I need to bring anything to a physical?

At the time of the exam, it’s important to bring any glasses or contacts that your child may wear. Additionally, a list of previous illnesses or family medical history if necessary.

Lastly, physical exams are the best time to catch up on vaccinations. The provider should know what vaccines your child has received, but it is always a good idea to keep your own records up to date.

Get a school physical at AFC Lyndhurst

School physicals are a crucial part of your child’s health and wellness. They do not take too much time, but scheduling time with your child’s pediatrician can be difficult. Skip the wait and get directions to AFC Urgent Care Lyndhurst today.