You have heard your child’s primary healthcare provider emphasize the value of keeping your child active at home and school. Children are naturally active when young; this activity level reduces as they grow older and discover new hobbies. For that reason, your child needs regular checkups and examinations to evaluate their preparation for sports activities in school. Most schools require students to have sports physicals before playing school sports. Even if your child’s school doesn’t require it, Nebraska Home Pediatrics recommends getting one to ensure your child is physically fit to engage in sports activities in school. We typically conduct medical and physical exams and rely on your child’s medical history to determine the necessary tests.
The Nebraska state law requires physical exams, including vision screening, be conducted on all incoming kindergarten students and incoming seventh graders. These exams must be conducted no more than six months before school starts in the fall. That means scheduling your child’s physical appointment early to beat the rush.
What are School and Sports Physicals?
If your child is joining kindergarten soon, starting seventh grade, or considering playing a sport, you will need a current school or sports physical appointment on file. You’re probably wondering what these two terms mean.