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Featured Story Written by Sagan Wheeler

Don't Pay For A Sports Physical

At Ivinson Medical Group, we have a team of providers who are here to help make sure your child is ready to compete in the upcoming sports season.

As sum­mer con­tin­ues to move at warped speed, many par­ents are begin­ning to think about sports phys­i­cals for their chil­dren who plan to play sports this upcom­ing school year.

At Ivin­son Med­ical Group, we have a team of providers in our Pedi­atric and Fam­i­ly Care Clin­ic who are here to help make sure your child is ready to compete! 

We recent­ly sat down with Dr. Kel­ly Fol­lett, a Pedi­a­tri­cian at Ivin­son Med­ical Group to dis­cuss the options par­ents and chil­dren have for com­plet­ing annu­al sports physicals. 

While a sports phys­i­cal has one func­tion, to clear chil­dren and teenagers to play orga­nized sports, a com­pre­hen­sive well-vis­it offers the sports phys­i­cal along with many oth­er ben­e­fits. Dur­ing a well-child vis­it, we are able to answer numer­ous ques­tions par­ents may have regard­ing con­cerns about their child that may include sleep­ing issues, nor­mal devel­op­ment, prob­lems he/​she is hav­ing in school, etc.,” said Fol­lett. We are able to fol­low up on any med­ical prob­lems a child may have, includ­ing med­ica­tion refills. We are also able to pro­vide immu­niza­tions at this vis­it and do any screen­ing labs that might be recommended.”

Annu­al well-vis­its aren’t just for babies and chil­dren! For our teenagers, we also screen for depres­sion and dis­cuss things like sub­stance use and oth­er top­ics that are spe­cif­ic to teenag­er devel­op­ment. Being able to address all of these top­ics on a year­ly basis dur­ing a com­pre­hen­sive well-child vis­it is crit­i­cal for pro­mot­ing good health in our preteen/​teenage pop­u­la­tion,” Dr. Fol­lett explained.

When prepar­ing your child or teenag­er for the school year and sports sea­sons, con­sid­er a com­pre­hen­sive well-child vis­it over a stand-along sports phys­i­cal. A child should absolute­ly get a com­pre­hen­sive well-child vis­it because we can cov­er all the issues list­ed above and we will also fill out the sports phys­i­cal form at the same vis­it,” encour­aged Follett. 

The Pedi­atric and Fam­i­ly Care Clin­ic at Ivin­son Med­ical Group has three physi­cians and a Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er, all of whom offer well-child vis­its. There is no need to wait to see one of our providers with appoint­ment avail­abil­i­ty with­in a day or two from sched­ul­ing. An annu­al well vis­it is cov­ered in full under most major med­ical insur­ance providers. For ques­tions or to sched­ule your child’s appoint­ment, call our Ivin­son Med­ical Group at (307) 7554540.

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