WHAT IS A CAMP OR SPORTS PHYSICAL?

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School’s out, which means your child is probably anxiously waiting for summer camps or sports to get started. It also means it’s time to schedule a camp or sports physical.

What is a Camp or Sports Physical?

A camp or sports physical, also called a pre-participation physical examination (PPE), is a wellness exam given by a health care provider. The State of Georgia, as well as most other states, require children to have an annual sports physical before every sports season.

Many other recreational sports teams and camps also require children to have a physical before they can participate. Even if a sports program or camp doesn’t require an exam, it’s still a good idea to bring your child in for an exam before they begin any new physical activity.

The Importance of Camp or Sports Physicals

A camp or sports physical allows your health care provider to identify any health issues that may prevent your child from safely participating in physical activities. Identifying possible health issues early can prevent serious injury, and even death.

During a camp or sports physical, your health care provider may also give your young athlete or camper some great tips for improving their performance and reducing common sports injuries. These tips may include warm-up and stretching ideas or healthy foods that can help them grow stronger.

What to Expect at Your Child’s Camp or Sports Physical

In some ways, a camp or sports physical is similar to your child’s annual wellness exam. The main differences are that a camp or sports physical is quicker and is focused primarily on your child’s ability to safely participate in physical activities.

When you first arrive for your child’s camp or sports physical, the health care provider will collect vital signs, such as blood pressure, temperature, height, and weight. The health care provider will also provide your child with an eye exam and will conduct an extensive review of your child’s medical and surgical history. Finally, the health care provider will perform a complete physical exam.

How to Prepare for a Camp or Sports Physical

Your child’s school, sports team, or camp will provide you with any required forms that must be completed and signed. You should bring these forms with you to your child’s camp or sports physical, with all medical history details completed in advance.

You should also bring your insurance cards (if applicable) and a form of payment. Many health care facilities will also ask that parents be present for any visit with children under 18 years of age.

How to Schedule a Camp or Sports Physical

At AppleCare, there’s no need to schedule an appointment for a camp or sports physical. You can just walk in to any of our convenient AppleCare Urgent Care Clinics that are open days, nights, and weekends. Our friendly, competent staff will get you and your child in and out quickly so you can get back to enjoying your summer. Be sure to stop by an AppleCare clinic near you before June 30, 2019 to get a camp or sports physical for only $19.99!