A SPORTS CLEARANCE visit is different than the adolescent physical, because it focuses on reviewing your child's current health status and medical history to ensure that your child is healthy enough to play his or her sport. Your provider will review any preexisting injuries and assess your child's current fitness level to determine that there is no risk for your child playing his or her sport.
An ADOLESCENT PHYSICAL is different from a sports clearance visit, because it not only focuses on the physical health of your child, but the developmental, emotional and social aspects of your child's health as well. Your provider will focus on the overall health of your child by doing a complete physical examination and go over your family's medical history to make sure preventative health measures are in place, if necessary. A full assessment of your child's cognitive and social milestones will be completed to ensure proper development in those areas. Your provider may also use this time to discuss important topics revolving around drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, healthy relationships and puberty. Developing a healthy and trusting relationship with your child is an important aspect of your child's annual exam for providers. Contact your provider for more information.
Many insurance plans cover Adolescent Physicals in full.