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Camp and sports physicals for children
Many summer camps and sport programs for children require a physical exam before participating in actitivities, also known as a pre-participation physical examination.
A camp or sports physical is not the same as a regular checkup, phyical, or well-child exam. During the sports or camp physical the health care provider looks for any diseases or injuries that could make it unsafe to participate.
What to expect during the physical exam
A sports or camp physical is a good time to review all areas of your child's health. The physical exam will evaluate the following:
Please come to the appointment prepared with your child's activity form. It can be helpful to bring a list of prior injuries or treatments, as well as review any family history of cardiac disease. As will any visit, please raise concerns or questions you might have about mental health or safety.
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If you have not established a relationship with a primary care provider, now is a great time to start.
Source: Pediatrician, Elizabeth Dietz, MD, Allina Health Bandana Square Clinic-->
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Dietz, MD
First Published: 05/01/2014
Last Reviewed: 05/01/2014