Sports & Schools Physicals in Omaha, NE
We offer walk-in sports & schools physicals for patients in Omaha, NE, and all surrounding areas. Please call us today or visit us at 2429 M St, Omaha, NE 68107.
Keeping tabs on your child’s physical development is important whether they are currently participating in sports or not. Sports and school physicals can help monitor your child’s cognitive and social development, and also determine if there any special considerations to take into account should your child become involved in sports or any other physical activity. At Joshua Emergicare, we are happy to offer walk-in sports and schools physicals for you and your child, all at your convenience—no appointment necessary.
What is a sports physical?
A sports physical, also known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE), is a test that determines the physical fitness of an individual prior to their participation in a specific sport or physical activity. The test includes an assessment of the individual’s current physical aptitude, as well as a questionnaire regarding their medical history. The assessment of their physical aptitude determines information such as:
- Their weight and height
- Their blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm)
- Their visual acuity
- Status of their heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
- Their posture, joints, strength, and flexibility
The medical history assessment includes questions about:
- Any major illnesses among family members
- Past or current illnesses, such as diabetes, asthma, or epilepsy
- Previous hospitalizations or surgeries
- Whether they have fainted, had trouble breathing, or experienced chest pain while exercising
- Past or current injuries (including concussions, sprains, bone fractures, etc.)
- Any medications they are currently taking (Over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, or herbal medications, etc.)
What is a school physical?
A school physical is a little bit different than a sports physical, in that it assesses your child’s developmental, emotional, and social health in addition to their physical health. This kind of physical will monitor your child’s speech, vision, and hearing-which all have a significant impact on your child’s ability to learn-to see if there is any cause for concern. If there is cause for concern, a school physical can enable your doctor to intervene early, and provide your child with the necessary resources so that they can continue to have success in school.
Why should my child have a school and sports physical?
It is important to bring your child in for a school and sports physical so that you can monitor their development and have a good understanding of their physical fitness should they become involved in sports or other physical activities. A physical will help you know whether your child will be able to meet the expectations placed upon them at school or in their sport of choice. It can also help you know what adjustments need to be made so that your child can meet those expectations if they do have certain setbacks.
For example, if your child has asthma or heart problems, your doctor will help you, as a parent, know what to watch out for when your child is taking part in sports. Your doctor can also prescribe certain medications or adjust dosages so that they can participate without compromising their health.
When should my child have a school and sports physical?
According to Nebraska Law, it is mandatory that your child have a school physical before they enter Kindergarten, and once more before they enter the 7th grade. However, it is recommended that you bring your child in for an annual back-to-school physical, so that you can monitor your child’s development and be pro-active if they need extra resources to help them succeed.
If your child is showing interest in a sport or physical activity, it is important to bring them in to our urgent care clinic for a sports physical at least six weeks prior to the sports season starts. This will give you enough time to follow up on anything that your child will need to be able to participate in the sport without difficulty or health complications.
If you live in Omaha, NE area, and looking for an expert provider who can administer a school or sports physical, please do not hesitate to contact our clinic today. Our urgent care is open 6 days a week for your convenience: Monday through Friday 8:00am – 8:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome!