School And Sports Physicals Specialist

Missouri River Healthcare

Family Practice located in Great Falls, MT

Most children need routine physicals before the new school year starts or before beginning a sports activity. If your little one is due for a school or sports physical — or both — the team of family physicians and family nurse practitioners at Missouri River Healthcare can help. They even offer flexible scheduling for children’s exams for families throughout Great Falls, Montana. You can either request a school or sports physical online, or call the clinic to schedule.

School and Sports Physicals Q & A

Why does my child need a school or sports physical?

Your little one typically needs a children’s wellness exam every year. School and sports physicals tend to include everything that’s involved in a routine exam, plus some additional evaluations. These specialized exams might be necessary to ensure your child is:

  • Up-to-date on vaccines and boosters
  • Healthy enough to participate in a sport
  • Free of any communicable diseases

It’s also common to need specialized physicals before your child goes off to camp.

What happens during a school and sports physical?

Each school and sports physical is tailored to your child and includes special evaluations requested by their school or sports director. Your child’s physical could include:

  • Review of prior medical history
  • Physical head-to-toe exam
  • Height and weight evaluation
  • Neurological response (reflex) check
  • Vision and hearing evaluations

Oftentimes, school administrators or sports clubs require your physician to fill out specific paperwork during the exam, too. The team at Missouri River Healthcare has extensive experience in performing school and sports physicals and processing the essential paperwork, so you can feel confident that your child’s exam is going to be thorough.

What should I bring to a school or sports physical?

To ensure your child’s school or sports physical at Missouri River Healthcare goes as smoothly as possible, it’s important to do a few things to prepare. Make sure you bring your child’s:

  • List of medications and supplements
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses, or hearing aides
  • Medical records from other providers
  • Required school or sports paperwork

If you have any questions or concerns, write them down before your child’s appointment. If your child is getting ready to play a contact sport like football, for example, you might want to learn about warning signs of a concussion.

In some cases, your child might need to fast for a few hours before their visit if they’re getting certain blood tests — just ask when booking. The compassionate team of family practitioners at Missouri River Healthcare spend time discussing your child’s health with you, so your young one can continue to be as healthy as possible.

Book your child’s school or sports physical at Missouri River Healthcare today. Either request an appointment online or call the office.