ThedaCare encourages parents to plan students’ school and sports physicals

It’s hard to think about back-to-school issues while enjoying warm summer days, but the first day of the 2018-19 school year inches closer every day. ThedaCare Physicians throughout Northeast Wis-consin encourage parents to schedule their students’ school and sports physicals now to avoid a last-minute crunch. Many fall sports programs will begin practices soon, and those physicals must be completed before the student may begin practicing with their respective teams. Providers at all ThedaCare Physicians locations in the area are welcoming new patients, and ThedaCare officials stress the importance of the annual school physical. School and sports physicals assess a student’s medical history, health, and fitness as it relates to a sport. These exams ensure young bodies are ready for the season ahead and that there is not a medical or family history that requires further attention. Annual school physicals also provide an opportunity for parents and medical providers to review the student’s immunization records to make sure they are up-to-date on all required and recommended immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States offers an online graph showing what immunizations should be received at what age for children from birth through age 18. That listing is available at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html. The State of Wisconsin maintains a registry of all immunizations an individual receives from birth onward. Parents and medical providers can review that information online at: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/wir.htm. Establishing a connection with a health provider is vital for everyone, and teaching that to youngsters and young adults is important. School and sports exams are a great way for youth to learn that habit and begin to develop a trusting relationship with a medical provider. School and sports exams complement regular, yearly exams that screen for a variety of health issues.