Many elementary, middle 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, seeing a specialist in children’s health can ensure your child is ready to compete safely in sports.
In fact, many experts strongly recommend that a child’s primary care provider perform the sports physical. April R. Mattingly, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Crestwood, agrees.
“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 20 convenient locations across Greater Louisville and in Elizabethtown, Frankfort and Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Parents can schedule a well-child 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.
School and sports physicals on your schedule
Norton Children’s and Norton Healthcare offer convenient options for your child’s back-to-school well-child visits and sports physicals. This annual physical is an important part of the back-to-school checklist.
While your pediatrician may be your first choice for care, we understand that you might be on-the-go and need another option for a sports physical. Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens provides patients throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana with high-quality health care services and the convenience of evening and weekend hours. Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens locations offer a wide range of care, as well as online scheduling and same-day appointments. Most insurance plans are accepted, including Medicaid.
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