Annual School and Sports Physicals

Annual Sports & Back-to-School Physicals

There's nothing more important than the health and safety of your children. While you're finding your new normal, we're here to help. From well child exams to back-to-school and sports physicals, our providers are ready to see you.

Call your clinic or use the MyUnityPoint patient portal to schedule an annual physical with your child's primary care provider today.

Don't have a doctor? Use our online Find a Doctor tool or visit this page to choose a primary care provider accepting new patients.

What are Annual Physicals?

Annual physicals involve your child's physician examining your child's:

• Family history
• Personal health during the past year
• Basic eye exam
• Basic hearing test
• Development and growth
• Vaccination history
• Overall physical health

An annual physical is classified as a preventative care exam. This means the main focus is on overall growth and development, ensuring your child is reaching the appropriate milestones for his or her age. This is not a diagnostic appointment! While it is a good time to bring up concerns you or your child may have, the main focus of this visit is not to treat symptoms.

Why are Physicals Required?

Schools and sports teams use annual physicals as a way to protect their entire student population. Knowing that students are up to date on vaccinations and generally healthy helps prevent outbreaks from occurring among the students.

Annual physicals also help ensure that all sports participants are physically ready for the season, helping prevent possible injuries.

When Is the Best Time of Year for an Annual Physical?

Most parents are rushing to get their child's annual sports or back-to-school physical complete toward late summer. Don't wait! Early spring and summer leading up to the following school year is the perfect time.

While your child is in for his or her appointment, it is also a good time for you to schedule an appointment for yourself. Adults will also benefit from a yearly physical.

How Can We Prepare for an Annual Physical Appointment?

Your child should not be stressed or worried about the appointment. You can explain to him or her the purpose of this appointment and a brief overview of what they can expect. If you know your child will be receiving a vaccination, you can also explain those ahead of time to prepare him or her for what is to come and minimize surprises in the office.

You can prepare for the appointment by bringing the most recent version of your child's insurance card, a summary of his or her personal medical history and any changes to the family medical history. Also be prepared with a list of any prescription or over-the-counter medicines your child has been taking. Don't forget forms you need the doctor to fill out for your child's school or sports teams. We recommend handing them to the staff member who takes you and your child into the examination room area and records his or her height, weight and temperature!