Time to get sports physicals as fall season draws near

It’s hard to think about back-to-school issues while enjoying warm summer days, but the first day of the 2018-19 school year inches closer every day. Most schools in the area are starting Sept. 4.

ThedaCare Physicians throughout Northeast Wisconsin is encouraging parents to schedule their students’ school and sports physicals now to avoid a last-minute crunch. Many fall sports programs have started practices, and those physicals must be completed before the student may begin practicing with their respective teams.

School and sports physicals assess a student’s medical history, health and fitness as it relates to a sport. These exams ensure young bodies are ready for the season ahead and that there is not a medical or family history that requires further attention.

Annual school physicals also provide an opportunity for parents and medical providers to review the student’s immunization records to make sure they are up-to-date on all required and recommended immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States offers an online graph showing what immunizations should be received at what age for children from birth through age 18. That listing is available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html.

The State of Wisconsin maintains a registry of all immunizations an individual receives from birth onward. Parents and medical providers can review that information online at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/wir.htm.