Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

What is the difference between a regular physical and a sports physical for children?

Sports Physical

A sports physical is focused on providing information that coaches and trainers at the school need to know. At a sports physical, your doctor will examine or discuss the following:

  • Past general medical history
  • Past sports-related medical history – includes concussions, broken bones, surgeries, injuries that have caused restrictions
  • Conditions that might lead to limitations in the future
  • Concerns that could create possible heart or lung problems, including asthma
  • Allergies
  • A quick physical exam of the head, nose, throat and muscular and skeletal systems

Well-Child Physical

A regular physical – often called a well-child exam or well-child check – is more detailed than a sports physical. In addition to the above, your doctor will discuss or examine the following:

  • The child’s growth over time
  • How the child is doing in school
  • How a child is doing at home
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Family medical history

At Premier Health, we emphasize the importance of scheduling yearly well-child exams. These checks help your doctor catch and diagnose medical conditions early, allowing a plan of attack to be put into place right away if needed.

If your child has not had a well-child exam this year, please call to schedule it with your family physician or pediatrician.

Learn More:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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