Primary Care Sports & Camp Physicals
When your child requires a sports or camp physical (pre-participation examinations), all of our primary care facilities in Connecticut can be of assistance. A sports or camp physical are a way to evaluate your child or teen’s overall health in order for them to participate in a sport in Connecticut. Not to be mistaken for a physical doctors exam, this test is to evaluate your child’s level of overall health.
Schedule an appointment at your nearest DOCS primary care facility to make sure that your child has their physical finished before the new season.
What to expect DURING the physical
For your child’s camp or sports physical exam, your primary care provider at one of our facilities will check for any illnesses or injuries that might make it unsafe for them to participate in any vigorous physical activities. We will also review your family’s medical history to see if more testing is necessary.
Physical Examination Includes:
- Height / Weight
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Checking of heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
- Evaluate posture, joint, strength, and flexibility
- Vision testing
*Recommendation of Proper Protection
*Recommendation to Specialist if Necessary
Medical History Includes:
- Serious illnesses among other family members
- Illnesses (past and present) due to asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy, etc
- Previous hospitalization or surgeries
- Past injuries (including concussions, sprains, or bone fractures)
- History with passing out, dizziness, chest pain, or trouble breathing during exercise.
- Medications that you are currently on (over-the-counter/ herbal supplements/ prescription.)
What should I bring to the physical?
Most sports or camps require that your child bring health documents with a signature from a reputable doctor. Make sure that when you bring your child for their appointment, you bring the required documents, so that one of our Connecticut primary care providers can help you. You must also bring your current insurance card as well as a Photo ID.
What Vaccinations are Available if Required?
- Hepatitis A (Adult)
- Hepatitis A (Pediatric)
- Hepatitis B (Adult)
- Hepatitis B (Pediatric)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Zostavax (Shingles)
- Polio (IPV)
- Rabies Vaccination
- Tetanus Diphtheria (TD)
- Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (TDAP)
- Twinrix (Hep A & B Combination)
- Yellow Fever
Who needs Sports or Camp Physicals?
Any child seeking to play in recreational or organized sports will need to get a Sports or Camp Physical in Connecticut. Also, if your child or teen is joining a school or community camp program, then they need to undergo a physical exam to ensure they are sufficiently healthy in order to play any of the physical sports or games.
During a sports or camp physical, our PCP’s will carefully assess your child’s current bodily health and determine if they are capable of participating with minimal risk. All kids should be given a physical even if they don’t want to participate in physical activities.
The Importance of Sports Physicals and Camp Physicals
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) affirms over 38 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports in the U.S. every year. There are many physical and emotional benefits children gain from participating in these activities, however, there is always a small risk of injury.
Sports and camps physicals identify if your child or teen can partake in sports practice or camp. This decreases their prospect of injury or other sports-related issues. DOCS Primary Care in Connecticut pledges to provide the most accurate physical examinations for everyone.
Sports & Camp Physicals in Connecticut, When Your Child Needs One
Our Primary Care facilities are supervised by board-certified doctors who offer trustworthy sports & camp physicals at affordable prices. Speak with our trained staff at any location for more details on our sports & camp physicals.