Well-check exams and sports physicals

Well-check exams and sports physicals

If your child had a sports physical for an organized activity, do they still need an annual well-check exam? The short answer is yes! Here's why.

Well-check exams

A well-check exam focuses on maintaining your child's health and is a time to discuss preventive care. You can also complete your sports and camp physicals at your visit.

What your doctor will cover:

  • Growth and development.
  • Immunization updates.
  • Health and safety.
  • Nutrition and physical fitness.
  • Teen topics like puberty and acne.
  • Discuss learning and behavioral questions.
  • Family and social concerns.

Child well-check exams serve to monitor growth and development, provide preventive healthcare such as vaccinations and screenings, address parental concerns, and promote healthy habits. Learn more about well-check exams.

Sports physicals

A sports physical, also known as a pre-participation physical evaluation, is typically required by schools or sports organizations before a child can join a sports team or participate in organized physical activities.

While both a sports physical and a well-child check involve assessing a child's health, there are some key differences between the two:

  • Focus: Well-checks focus on overall health; sports physicals focus on sports readiness.
  • Depth: Sports physicals are more targeted, while well-checks are comprehensive.

ARC pediatricians and advanced practice clinicians (APCs) will review and sign the UIL forms for your child's school district at their well-check exam.

When should you schedule a well-check exam?

ARC Pediatricians and Family Medicine doctors follow the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for routine well-check exams. For children ages 6-18, annual exams are recommended. For school-aged children, summers are a great time to schedule your well-check exam.

Here is the complete list of recommended visits.

Make an appointment today

You can schedule a well-check exam in the following ways:

  • Book at ARC MyChart if you have proxy access to your child's account.
  • Click BOOK NOW on your doctor's or APC's website bio page.
  • Click BOOK NOW at ARCcheckup.com.
  • Call 512-272-4636 for 24/7 phone scheduling services.

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