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Sports physical begins for the 2017-18 year

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017

In order to participate in extracurricular sports and activities during the 2017 and 2018 school year, students must have a primary care provider sign off on the proper documentation indicating they have received a sports physical or pre-participation exam, on or after April 1, 2017. In an effort to provide young athletes across the region with a higher level of care, Parkview Physicians Group family medicine and pediatric providers are now offering well-child exams in lieu of pre-participation exams.

While a pre-participation exam only determines a child’s physical ability to safely participate in sports and other activities, a well-child exam provides preventive care and serves as a tool for early detection should something be hindering a child’s growth and development.

“Adolescence is one of the most crucial turning points in a child’s physical and mental well-being,” said Duane Hougendobler, MD, pediatrician, Parkview Physicians Group. “With so many changes taking place during this time, yearly wellness visits are more important than ever, and include things that are not covered in a standard physical exam.”

During a well-child exam, the healthcare provider will check for abnormalities that most teenagers don’t look for and teach the importance of regular self-screening; perform a comprehensive physical exam; complete required school, sport and extracurricular activity pre-participation forms; administer immunizations; provide safe and confidential counseling about social and mental challenges; gather extensive family history and provide referrals for diagnosis and/or treatment, if necessary.

At the peak of their youth, teens are often considered the essence of health, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Nearly 50 percent of sexually transmitted diseases reported each year are among those age 15 to 24; suicide is the third leading cause of death among people age 15 to 24 and nearly 20 percent of teens are overweight or obese.

According to Boston Scientific and the Journal of American Medical Association, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. In the United States alone, a young competitive athlete dies suddenly every three days from SCA and is twice as likely to experience SCA as a young non-athlete.

Joshua Kline, MD, chief medical officer, Parkview Physicians Group, states, “Maintaining good health should always be a priority. We hope parents and young people are able to take advantage of the well-being resources offered at Parkview Physicians Group now to begin a lifelong, personalized health journey with a primary care provider.

Many insurance plans now cover 100 percent of wellness and immunization visits for children. Check with your insurance provider for details of your plan’s coverage. To schedule a well-child exam, contact your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, call (877) 774-8632.