Family 411: Experts recommend taking your student athlete to the doctor earlier
(WKEF/WRGT) - Students heading back to school also means the return of fall sports, which can mean a trip to the doctor for many student athletes.
That's why beginning in middle school, most states require players to get a sports physical before they're cleared to participate.
However, medical professionals say earlier may be even better, because it allows doctors to build a more in-depth medical profile.
"It is often important, especially for old injuries, to recognize any health issues that might need to be checked out. Looking at the heart. Looking at kids with asthma and implementing plans that can keep them active," said Misty Moore, a Family Nurse Practitioner at Hometown Urgent Care in Xenia.
Sports physicals can often be done by a family physician, urgent care or on-site at school.
It's recommended students have their physical about 6 weeks before the sports season begins, so if necessary, there's enough time for a follow-up appointment.