Beat the Rush, Now's the time to schedule your sports physical

No matter what grade your child is about to enter, there’s the yearly back-to-school checklist of to-dos: shopping for school supplies, filling out permission forms, and the pediatric checkup.
The back-to-school season is a convenient time for putting the exam on your family’s schedule. Whatever your child’s interest — sports, academics, the arts — we want to be sure that the interest is a healthy one, and that it’s balanced with the other aspects of the child’s life.
A healthy childhood and adolescence calls for balancing home life, school, social activities, sports, and extracurricular pursuits. This is not easy, especially during a time when your child is passing through the years of growth, learning, exploration, and emotional and physical development. Which is all the more reason to set aside one day during each of those years for your child to see their pediatric provider.
Your doctor may even have some good training tips and be able to give you some ideas for avoiding injuries. For example, he or she may recommend specific exercises, like certain stretching or strengthening activities, that help prevent injuries. A doctor also can identify risk factors that are linked to specific sports. Advice like this will make you a better, stronger athlete.
You should have your physical about 6 weeks before your sports season begins so there's enough time to follow up on something, if necessary.
Lander: Contact the team with Lander Medical Clinic at 307-332-2941
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Riverton: Contact the team with Western Family Care at 307-856-6591
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