NEWS | June 5, 2012

Conducting Fall Sports Physicals

By 1st Lt. William Frechette 628th Medical Group

Participating in team sports is a great way to exercise and have fun. But before doing so, children must receive clearance from a doctor to make sure they are physically fit to play. The physical demands placed on the body during sports can be rigorous, which is why it is so 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 encourages you to plan in advance and to schedule your child's physical soon. By doing so, you ensure your child will be seen prior to the start of their sport. The 628th MDG will make every attempt possible to schedule your child to be seen prior to their sports start date, however, toward the end of summer it can take up to 28 days to be seen.

Has your child been seen for a well-visit or routine check-up in the past 11 months? If so, you can 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.

For more information, call the 628th MDG appointment line at 963-6880 or contact 1st Lt. William Frechette at William.frechette.1@us.af.mil.