School Physicals Specialist

Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care

Urgent Care & Primary Care Internal Medicine located in Stone Ridge Neighborhood, Stone Ridge, VA

You want your child to have fun participating in sports and activities at school without any health complications holding them back. At Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care in Stone Ridge, Virginia, Anita Chatman, MD, MPH, and her team provide school physicals and sports physicals for walk-ins and by appointment. To check in on your child’s health before the next school year or sports season, call Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care or book an appointment online today.

School Physicals Q & A

What are school physicals?

School physicals are medical examinations that many children must have before attending school for the upcoming year. The exam is similar to a typical check-up and tests many different parts of your child’s health and wellness. It includes a top-to-bottom physical examination and various tests of their senses and coordination.

School physicals are also a great way to monitor your child’s growth and development. You can see exactly how much your child grew since last year’s school physical while making sure they’re prepared to go to school and learn. The team at Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care also makes sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date, which keeps their peers safe, too.

When does my child need a physical for school?

In Virginia, you must bring your child in for a school physical before they enroll in preschool and anytime they enroll in a new school. Your child’s existing school may also require that they return for a new physical with each new year of enrollment. The physical must take place no more than 12 months before their first day.

Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care also provide sports physicals for students. If your child participates in sports during the school year, you must come in for a physical exam to make sure they’re healthy enough to play. Getting a sports physical allows you to address any health problems that your child has before participation or to avoid participation in sports that could get them hurt.

What should I bring for my child’s school physical?

Whether you’re coming to Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care for a school physical or a sports physical for your child, there are a few things you must bring to make for a quick and easy appointment. The team makes it simple to fit your child’s physical into your busy schedule as you don’t need to make an appointment beforehand. 

When you come in for a school physical, you must bring your child’s:

  • Prior immunization records
  • Current glasses or contacts
  • Hearing aids
  • Medical and family history
  • List of current medications

Having all of this information on hand helps your doctor more quickly complete the exam. Your child’s personalized exam takes an hour or less.

If your child needs a school physical or sports physical to check in on their health, call Dulles Urgent Care Center and Dulles Health Care or book an appointment online today.