Many parents believe that a Sports Physical is the equivalent of a Well Child Exam, however, this is not the case. A Sports Physical is designed to clear an athlete for participation in sports, while the Well Child Exam is a much more in-depth health examination. Although a Sport’s Physical is required to participate in many school sports, it is essential not to overlook the importance of scheduling a yearly Well Child Exam for your child or teen. The good news is that both exams can be scheduled at the same visit!
“A well child exam is a much more extensive evaluation than sports or school physicals,” said Zach Egger, D.O., physician at Phelps Medical Group. He said, “At the exam, we will talk about healthy lifestyles, exercise habits, depression, anxiety, and more. We’ll also make sure all immunizations are current.”
Well-child checks also serve to catch issues and make sure kids get the resources they need.
What is a Sports Physical?
A Sports Physical focuses on a review of a child’s current health status and medical history to ensure they are healthy enough to play his or her sport. During this exam, a medical provider will review any preexisting injuries and assess the child’s current fitness level. Areas of focus during a Sports Physical usually include:
- Height and weight
- Vision and hearing
- Heart health
- Blood pressure
- Muscle and bone health, flexibility and strength
What is a Well Child Exam?
A Well Child exam may also be referred to as an Annual Physical. This exam focuses not only a child’s physical health, but also the developmental, emotional, and social aspects of health and well-being. Your medical provider will complete a full physical examination, review family medical history, and a thorough cognitive and social milestone assessment will be performed. Other health topics such as drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, healthy relationships, and puberty may also be discussed. Well Child Exams include:
- Complete physical examination
- Health history
- Lab work, if needed
- Behavioral and developmental screening, if needed
- Nutrition and sleep habits
- Preventive health
- Adolescent issues
Scheduling an Exam
To schedule either exam or both exams in one healthcare appointment, contact Phelps Medical Group at 308.995.6111.