School Physical Specialist

Village Pediatric Group

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine located in Tuckahoe, NY

Schools in New York State require all children to undergo a physical examination before starting a new school and annually after that. If your child needs a school physical, the child health experts at Village Pediatric Group in Tuckahoe, New York, can help. They are experts in performing children's physical exams and ensuring your child has everything they need to participate safely in school activities. Call Village Pediatric Group today for more information or schedule a consultation using the online booking facility.

School Physical Q & A

What is a school physical?

A school physical is an exam that your child has to undergo before taking part in many kinds of school activities and camp programs. Most schools ask for confirmation from your doctor that your child has had a physical checkup. The Village Pediatric Group team is happy to provide this service.

The exact requirements of a school physical might vary depending on the school's requirements and the activities your child participates in. The objective of a school physical is to make sure that your child is fit and well enough to take part in their chosen activities.

What happens at a school physical?

The first stage of your child's school physical is a review of their medical history. The New York State school health examination form requires your provider to list any health problems your child has, for example:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Seizures
  • Scoliosis (abnormal spinal curvature)

Following this, your provider performs a brief physical examination to check vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. They record your child's height and weight and check their vision and hearing.

The next stage is a more in-depth assessment of your child's heart and lung capacity to ensure they're able to safely undertake physical exertions. Your provider at Village Pediatric Group examines your child's joints as well, checking for flexibility and strength and looking for any signs of old injuries or potential problem areas.

The school physical also involves a short fitness test. Your provider uses the information to recommend potential limitations on your child's physical activity. They also list any accommodations your child might require, for example, wearing a brace or orthotics, or using an insulin pump.

What happens if the school physical shows up any problem?

If the Village Pediatric Group team finds any issues with your child's physical health or needs to recommend activity restrictions, they note the details on the school physical forms. These forms go to the school’s administrators for evaluation.

Some of these issues might not be causing problems now but could in the future. For example, your child might have flat feet, a condition where the arch in the middle of the foot is too low and makes contact with the ground, potentially causing pain in the future.

Your Village Pediatric Group provider discusses their findings with you and gives you advice about how to manage any issues. That might mean just monitoring your child's progress, or it could be that they need to undergo treatment like physical therapy to strengthen weaker areas.

To find out more about your child's school physical or make an appointment, call Village Pediatric Group today or book online.