Time for sports physicals

School is just around the corner, or already starting, and there’s no better time for your child to get a pre-participation sports physical. Your student athlete won’t be allowed to play sports this fall without one.

Sports physicals aren’t meant to be a headache, but potentially a lifesaver. In the U.S., one young competitive athlete dies suddenly every three days from an unrecognized heart disorder. In many cases, the underlying condition could have been identified by a sports physical. A sports exam includes a health history questionnaire and a check of vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and respiration.

“It’s important for all children, but especially athletes, to get a yearly checkup,” said James A. Tavelli, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Okolona. “It’s important to provide an accurate health history for a child, including family health history. It can help your provider decide if extra tests are needed to screen for certain conditions that could put your child at risk on the field or court.”

Student athletes need to get a sports physical every year. The easiest way to get one checked off your list is to contact your pediatrician. Sports physicals can be done at a well-child visit at no extra charge.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 visit and/or sports physical. This annual physical is an important part of the back-to-school checklist.

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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.

Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens is operated by Norton Healthcare. The health care providers at Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens are employees of Norton Healthcare. The health care providers are not employees, associates and/or agents of Walgreen Co. or any Walgreens subsidiary or affiliated company. 

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