What Parents Should Know about Sport and Camp Physicals

Summertime is right around the corner, which means your child will likely need a new sport or camp physical before they can participate in recreational activities!

Sport and camp physicals are also important exams to ensure your child is healthy and safe whenever they participate in any physical recreation. These  exams help children determine if they are healthy to participate in school sports, summer camp, and similar programs.
Additionally, an updated physical helps coaches, counselors, and other relevant recreational staff flag potential health issues during activity.
So what should parents know about sport and camp physicals? What should you do to prepare before the child’s exam and streamline the process?

What should parents do to prepare for sport and camp physicals?

Come into your child’s physical ready with any important health updates within the last year. These pieces of information are especially important if your child has already completed their annual physical with a PCP or similar medical provider. In between physicals, your child could have developed a new medical condition that could impact their ability to safely participate in recreational programs.
A couple of important pieces of health information to bring to your child’s DOT physical includes:

  • A review of pertinent health information including height, weight, and other physical characteristics
  • Any use of medication or prescriptions used to treat any diseases, ailments, or similar health concerns
  • Any allergies both new and old since your child’s last physical exam
  • Any developing chronic conditions or other serious health ailments including asthma

How do Sport and Camp Physicals affect my child?

Sport and camp physicals are required for your child to enjoy summer activities including organized sports, summer camp, and similar recreational programs.
However, the main reason that physicals are required is so staff members can help protect your child during organized activity. For example, a camp counselor or athletic trainer uses the information from a sport or camp physical exam to know about allergies or other potential risks.
An updated sport or camp physical usually requires a medical appointment at a traditional medical facility. But parents should know that an urgent care center or local walk-in clinic are great places to get physicals for their kids!
An urgent care center is staffed with medical providers that can accept patients on a walk-in basis, without the need for an appointment! Your child will get their physical completed on the same day, which lets them enjoy the summer fun ASAP!
If you are interested in getting a summer or camp physical for your child please contact AFC Urgent Care North Bergen at 201.588.1300, or find us at 2100 88th Street in North Bergen, NJ!