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Camp and Sports Physicals

It’s that time of year again.  Our phones start ringing, the voices of frantic family members on the other end.  “My son just let me know that if he doesn’t get a check-up in the next 6 1/2 hours, he can’t play baseball, his future will be ruined, he’ll be destined to work on a corner in New York City, squeegee in hand”.  That’s a lot of pressure for a few well intentioned Pediatricians.

Physical season comes every year, like taxes and Taylor Swift romantic interests (sorry TSwift, but it’s true).  We do our best to accommodate as many appointments as possible, but we need your help to get everyone taken care of.  Often the requests come in bunches, and some patients are left going to school sports physical “car wash” events, where a group of health care people check various parts of your children for a few seconds, and claim them “fit for sports”.  These events relieve the schools of some liability, but do not do your child justice.  Yes, “breathe in, breathe out, turn your head and cough…done”, is very convenient, but we like to think that an annual physical should encompass a great deal more than that.

So pick up your date book, look ahead to the next few weeks, and make an appointment as far in advance as possible.  Set up a well visit for your child. Help us help you.

Enjoy your summer!