A new school year is just around the corner and for many students, that means a visit to the doctor first.
Ava Eggert is looking forward to starting her sophomore year of high school in just a few weeks. But that’s not all she’s excited about.
“I’ve never played school softball because last year I was injured, so I’m really excited for that,” Ava said.
But before Ava can join in on softball practice, she’s required to have a physical exam.
“When they were little toddlers you bring them in, immunizations, and you’d have all these questions. As they get older they also need that care, and it’s nice to have another adult cover nutrition, sleep habits, screen time,” Rita Eggert said.
Medical experts say it’s important for all students participating in extracurricular activities to receive a physical, whether you’re in marching band or football.
The exam checks a student’s general health, while also looking for serious conditions. Doctors also talk with patients about topics including the dangers of texting and driving.
“Our goal is to help prevent some of these things from happening by catching it early and getting the appropriate referrals when necessary,” Nurse practitioner Muriel Engbrecht said.
Engbrecht says the weeks leading up to the first day are busy.
“A lot of our patients we see, that’s the only time of the year that they come in so we get to do a little bit of education with them too,” Engbrecht said.
“Last year there were… we went around the time the high school suggested and there was quite a line of kids. So, we did have to wait awhile and then a lot of her friends and school friends were waiting,” Rita said.
Exams offered at the AveraNow clinic on south Minnesota Avenue doesn’t require a prior appointment.
“We do get a dead rush the day of practices when they begin. I know August 2nd is a big day for a lot of folks around here, so usually those days tend to be a little difficult to get in,” Engbrecht said.
Making right now the perfect time to get in and beat the lines.
Physical exams at AveraNow cost 35 dollars for all student athletes.