The Doctor’s Office offers appointments for school physicals, camp physicals, and sports physicals. We are usually able to offer you an appointment within 24 hours.
School Physicals/Camp Physicals
School physicals, camp physicals and sports physicals for students and campers of all ages from those beginning elementary school for the first time to those entering post doctorate programs are available at The Doctor’s Office, Manchester NH.
Many schools and camps require school physicals and camp physicals. We offer appointments within 24 hours to assist you with completion of your sports, camp or school physical examination.
Usually the school, camp or sports physical exam is performed a month prior to the deadline, although sometimes this is not possible and we are here to help in those situations.
Although the exam and required testing can be completed within 24 hours, occasionally, because of supplemental testing the completed exam for submission may take a little longer. If possible, bring the official school form, but if you don’t have this, we can usually provide you with an acceptable form.
The sports physical is requested by schools to ensure that it is safe for the student to participate in a particular sport. New Hampshire schools require that teenagers and younger children undergo a sports physical before they begin participating in the sport. These physicals are good for one year, so they may be used for more than one sport.
The sports physical, camp physical or school physical, consists of two major parts, the medical history and the physical examination. The medical history consists of questions such as allergies, current medication usage, prior surgeries, family history and significant past medical history including injuries and illnesses. Questions about medications you are taking, dietary supplements, steroid use or alcohol use may be asked depending on the age of the patient. Depending on the age of the person having the physical, these questions may either be answered by the student or their parent.
Additionally, you will be asked to provide records of prior immunizations / vaccinations. Your prior vaccination records provide us with the needed information to complete the physical exam form and are required by the requesting school or camp. If you bring these with you at the time of your visit, it is easier for you. This will enable the doctor or PA to determine what vaccinations if any are missing and avoid you having to receive unnecessary vaccinations.
The actual physical examination is the second portion of the school physical, camp physical or sports physical. During this part of the school physical, camp physical or sports physical the medical assistant will obtain your weight, height, temperature and blood pressure, and vision and hearing testing if these are required. The doctor or PA will than perform the examination which usually includes checking your heart,lungs, ears, abdomen, musculoskeletal system and whatever else is requested on the form.
The sports/camp/ physical is performed in order to determine that you are fit to participate in the sport in question. If certain illnesses are discovered the doctor or PA may have some suggestions on how to improve your condition so that you may participate in the sport. For example, the doctor or PA may offer suggestions to help you avoid injuries such as stretching or strengthening exercises.