• Family health care, 
including diagnosis 
and treatment of major 
and minor illness
    Family health care, including diagnosis and treatment of major and minor illness
  • Family health care, 
including diagnosis 
and treatment of major 
and minor illness
    Family health care, including diagnosis and treatment of major and minor illness

Free Sports Physicals Day!

July 17th, 2017

Free Sports Physicals Day!
Please Join Us for a Free Event!  Team Up for teens!
We are offering free sports physicals at Sun Life Family Health Center locations in Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy, and Maricopa on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Please call 520-836-3446 for more information or to schedule an appointment in advance.  We will also be taking walk-ins on a first come first serve basis.  Limited time slots are available so don’t delay and miss out on this great opportunity.  Please bring your sports paperwork with your portion already completed.  Please answer all questions in the sports physical form and sign where needed (for both parent and child).

Sports Player, Chess Club or Ballerina...  Every Child Needs a Well Child Exam

Summer is here and the next school year will be here before you know it.  It’s time to start thinking about the physicals your children need for the upcoming year.  Often times students are required to get both a sports physical and an annual well-child exam if they attend school and play a sport.  "Participation in sports is an excellent way for your child to begin to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime" (Dana Rodriguez, CPNP, PhD, Sun Life Family Health Center, 2017).

There is a difference between a sport physical and an annual well-child exam.  A well-child exam is more than just a physical.  It is a comprehensive check-up and follow-up of any health issues your child may have.  Let’s explore the differences between the two and which would be the most beneficial to you and your child’s wellbeing.

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is different than the annual wellness exam because it focuses on reviewing your child’s current health status and medical history to ensure that your child is healthy enough to play his or her sport.  Your physician will review any previous or existing injuries and assess your child’s current fitness level “Checking for any abnormalities, concussions and etc. to determine if there is or isn’t any risk for your child playing his or her sport.  If your physician detects any issues that may put your child’s health at risk, further tests will be conducted to ensure the safety of your child on and off the field” (Christine James, DO, Sun Life Family Health Center, 2017).  The areas of focus during a sports physical will include:

•              Height and weight

•              Vision

•              Heart health

•              Blood pressure

•              Bone and muscle health, flexibility and strength

What is an annual well-child exam?

An annual well-child exam is different from a sports physical because it not only focuses on the physical health of your child but the developmental, emotional and social aspects of your child’s health as well.  Your physician will focus on the overall health of your child by doing “a more thorough and complete physical examination.  During a well-child exam, we can address any issues and review immunization records to make sure the child is up to date” (Christine James, DO, Sun Life Family Health Center, 2017). A full assessment of your child’s cognitive and social milestones will be looked at to ensure proper development.  Your physician may also use this time to discuss important topics such as puberty, healthy relationships, peer pressures, drugs and alcohol.  Developing a healthy and trusting relationship with your child is an important aspect of your child’s annual exam for providers at Sun Life.  The areas of focus and topics discussed during your child’s annual wellness exam should include those listed above from a sports physical as well as include the following:

•              Health history

•              Nutrition

•              Hearing

•             Sleep habits

•              Immunization history

•              Lab work, if needed

•              Adolescent issues

•              Behavioral health screening, if needed

•              Preventative health

Can I get my child’s sports physical and annual well-child exam done in the same visit?

Yes!  Sun Life providers would be happy to perform both a sports and a well-child exam during the same visit.  It is recommended that every child between the age of 1-18 needs an annual well-child exam, regardless of them playing sports or not. Today, most insurances will cover a comprehensive well-child exam at no cost to their client. Of course, before you schedule your child for their well-child exam you will want to verify with their insurance policy first. During this visit don’t forget to ask to have the school physical form completed by the provider.

When was the last time you took your whole family in for annual physicals?

Here at Sun Life Family Health Center we want you and your family to be as healthy as possible.  We feel that regularly scheduled wellness exams help to ensure positive growing and development.  Please let us help you in providing a bright future for your child. 

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