NEWS | June 26, 2012

628th Medical group conducts fall sports physicals

By Lt William Frechette 628th Medical Group Practice manager

A great way to exercise and have fun while you're doing it is to participate in team sports. Before doing so, children must receive clearance from a doctor to make sure they are physically fit to play the sport. The physical demands placed on the body during sports can be rigorous so it is important to have a sports physical prior to participation in competitive team sports.

During the physical, the medical staff will check height, weight, blood pressure, listen to the heart and lungs, look into the ears, nose and throat, check eyesight and finally, test strength and flexibility. The medical staff will also discuss any medical questions or concerns you may have about your child's health in relation to the sport they want to play.

The 628th Medical Group staff encourages you to plan in advance and to schedule your child's physical early. By doing so, you ensure your child is seen prior to the start of their sport's season. The 628th MDG will make every attempt possible to schedule your child to be seen prior to their sport start date; however, the historical volume has shown that toward the end of summer it can take up to 28 days to be seen.

If your child has been seen for a well visit/routine check-up in the past 11 months, simply drop off your sports physical form at the clinic front desk and it will be completed and ready for pick up after two duty days. Call our appointment line at 963-6880 to answer any questions you may have or to book your child's appointment.