Many elementary and high school students start new sports seasons when they return to school in August. For most, an annual exam, known as a “sports physical,” must be completed before participating in sports.
Although back-to-school is a busy time for families and you might think a walk-in or retail clinic will save time, a specialist in children’s health can ensure your child’s readiness to compete in sports.
In fact, many experts strongly recommend that a physician, rather than a walk-in retail clinic, perform the sports physical. April Mattingly, M.D., with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Poplar Level, agrees.
To schedule a sports physical with a Norton Children’s pediatrician, call (502) 629-KIDS.
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“Who better to do a sports physical than the pediatrician who is familiar with your child’s full medical history?” Dr. Mattingly said. “That knowledge can be crucial in identifying any issues that might keep them from playing a particular sport, such as joint problems or asthma.”
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Entrust your child’s health to Norton Children’s Medical Associates, with 19 convenient locations across Greater Louisville and in Elizabethtown, Frankfort and Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Parents can schedule a new patient wellness visit and sports physical in the same visit. This allows even more time for parents and children to ask questions or discuss concerns. Current Norton Children’s patients can see their established pediatrician for their sports physical.
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