Now’s the time to get ready for fall sports with an annual physical

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– Despite the pandemic, doctors say that in anticipation for the upcoming school year, it is still important for kids to get their school and sports physicals.

It’s important to get a physical done every year to make sure children are healthy.  One local consultant pediatrician said there are many benefits to getting a sports physical.

“We really want to make sure that a child’s general health is excellent, that their fitness level is appropriate to take on the challenges of whatever sport it might be. We also want to assess their risk for injury. Do they have a history of past injuries? Anything that they might encounter as they’re going out for football, or basketball or cross country, what have you,” said Dr. Charles Peters of Mayo Clinic Health System.

Dr, Peters said parents should schedule their child’s physical early to get it out of the way before school begins.