School physicals are for more than just sports

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DENVER — Kids are encouraged to get physicals before participating in school sports programs, but doctors say a good a good check up is necessary even if they won’t be hitting the field.

Dr. Lee Moorer of Guardian Urgent Care says as a Dad, he wants his kids to get the most out of their school year, and that means keeping them healthy and strong.

“I live for my kids. Every parent that has children does,” Moorer said.

Studies show learning can be affected when kids aren’t healthy or suffer from an injury that causes them downtime.

Of course, the yearly physical is important when it comes to making sure kids  can safely participate in sports programs, but Dr. Moorer said even very young children need a thorough check-up before leaving home and moving into an environment with other children.

“You’re thinking of three ring binders and clothes and things,” Moorer said. “The reality is to get a really good health check up is a good idea.”

A physical not only determines whether your child is fit to participate in school activities, but it can also uncover health problems that parents may not have known about.

For example, “wrist sprains they didn’t tell mom or dad about when they fell off that bike,” Moorer said.

Doctors say before you schedule your child’s appointment, make a checklist.  Be prepared to discuss your child’s medical history, any food or environmental allergies they may have and any behavioral challenges they face.

Right now, Guardian Urgent Care is offering $25 school physicals and will donate $5 to the school of every child who receives a physical at any of their metro area locations.

For more information you can visit www.guardianurgentcare.com and http://www.webmd.com/parenting/guide/physical-exams-and-teen-sports