Summer camp season is nearly upon us. Your child might be getting ready for outdoor adventures, complete immersion in their favorite sport, or improving their musical talents at band camp.
Summer camps truly are a great way for your children to learn new techniques, build social skills, and gain some independence.
Included in the standard paperwork for many camps will be a physical form. Camps require a physical examination, a series of screenings administered by a physician or a physician assistant, to determine whether your child is healthy enough to participate in the activities of the camp.
You can schedule your child’s physical with a physician, or NHRMC Urgent Care offers physicals conveniently without an appointment between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Be prepared to answer questions about your child’s medical history and any medications that are being taken. A history of asthma or allergic reactions is important information that camp directors will need. Recent injuries might require some precautions or modifications, such as a knee brace for high-impact sports.
During your child’s physical, we will screen:
- Your child’s heart, lungs, ear, nose and throat
- Blood pressure, pulse, and respirations
- Your child’s vision
- All major joints for strength and flexibility
If you have any particular concerns, please ask us.
Be sure to bring the physical form from the camp or school with you for us to sign. When the physical is complete, the provider will sign the camp form or will request a follow-up exam or further testing.
In the days leading up to camp departure, you will double-check to make sure that they have remembered their changes of clothes, their toothbrush, their swimsuit. With their physical already completed, you will have one less thing to worry about.
Summer camp/sports physicals are given at NHRMC ExpressCare, 510 Carolina Bay Drive, Wilmington, and NHRMC Urgent Care in Wallace from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., seven days a week. If you have any questions, please call 910.662.6700.