Annual physicals or wellness checks are a great way to monitor a person's health and prevent minor issues from becoming major health problems. Annual physicals show the doctor what changes have occurred within the last year and give them an opportunity to offer advice on how to maintain good health. Tests performed during an annual physical can indicate areas in which a person may need to change their habits if they want to stay in top physical condition. By finding the problems early with a physical, the patient will have more treatment options than if the problem is uncovered during the condition's advanced stages.
Back to school physicals are designed to make sure the child is healthy, as well as up to date on their vaccinations. When it comes to annual physicals for children, the doctor closely monitors the child's height and weight to determine if they are on track developmentally. Back to school checks not only ensure the child is in good health but can identify changes in growth patterns and developmental markers that may indicate a more serious illness. A doctor can also identify if a child is overweight or underweight. Recommendations can be made to help parents create a more nutritious diet plan or add a supplement to ensure the child is getting all of the nutrients they need.
An athletic physical is normally required before a student can participate in a school-sponsored athletic event. Not only does this protect the school from most types of liability, it also ensures that the child is healthy enough to participate in the sport. Contact sports like football or soccer requires a high degree of physical fitness. An athletic sports physical will indicate to the doctor whether or not the student is able to handle the stress of playing the sport. The doctor may also uncover physiological problems that could increase a student's risk of injury. As the student ages, the doctor may be able to offer advice on how to naturally gain strength and endurance to improve their performance.
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