Why see the pediatrician for a sports physical:

Seeing your pediatrician for routine well-child visits and sports physicals helps keep your child's medical records and health history up to date. Pediatricians are also trained to identify and treat both medical and bone/joint problems that are commonly seen in children and adolescents who play sports. And they can ensure your child is caught up on immunizations and discuss any concerns in a confidential setting. If your child is not as active as they should be, they counsel on the benefits of physical activity. 

The AAP recommends making appointments at least 6-8 weeks before starting a season to give time for any additional evaluation or new treatments.

 

The AAP is against mass physicals (such as in a school gymnasium) and using urgent care settings

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These places often lack privacy and a healthcare provider who knows your child and has access to past medical records.

  • If your child is seen by someone other than his or her pediatrician for a sports physical, it is very important that you provide the clinic with accurate and complete medical information to receive the most appropriate care. Request that information regarding the visit be sent to your pediatrician so he or she can maintain a complete picture of your child's care. If the clinic does not offer this service, be sure to get copies of the services your child received and share this information with your pediatrician as soon as possible.