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Annual Physicals & Wellness Visits: Important For All Ages

Annual Physicals & Wellness Visits: Important For All Ages

No matter your age, it’s important to get an annual health screening. This will help you stay updated on your medical information, build a relationship with your provider, and get proactive, personalized health advice.

Sports physicals

If your student is interested in playing a sport, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re prepared for the physical demands the activity could bring. The best way to ensure this through a sports physical.

While there may be some variation in each evaluation based on specific sport or school requirements and gender, most sports physicals will evaluate:

  • Height and weight
  • Blood pressure and pulse
  • Vision
  • Flexibility
  • Joints
  • For girls, menstrual periods.

Your child’s provider may also ask questions about mental health, drug or alcohol use, and medications.

How can I prepare for my or my child’s sports physical?

Make sure your child is aware of or can bring the following items:

  • Allergies
  • Previous hospitalizations and surgeries
  • Updated list of medications

Regular exams are important for adults, too!

It’s important for adults to be proactive with their health as well. Annual wellness visits are a great chance to check in with your provider. During these visits, your provider will most likely:

  • Check your blood pressure
  • Perform a lymph node exam
  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Screen for cancer, heart disease and diabetes, depending on your health history.

Learn more about annual wellness visits here.

Valley Health Services

For the last several years In July, Valley Health has and plans to continue to provide free back to school sport physicals for students. Follow our social media pages to stay updated on upcoming events!

You can schedule a sports physical for yourself or your child at one of our Valley Health Urgent Care centers. Click here to view a list of locations and check in online!

For annual wellness visits for adults, speak with your provider. Don’t have a provider? Use our convenient “Find a Doctor” tool on our website to locate a provider close to your location!


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