School Physical Specialist

Basant Farghaly, M.D. -  - Family Medicine

Basant Farghaly, M.D.

Family Medicine located in St Augustine, FL & Palm Coast, FL

It’s common for children and teens to need physicals before starting a new school year or before beginning a new sport. At Basant Farghaly MD in St. Augustine, Florida, Dr. Farghaly can conduct school physicals and help with any essential paperwork if your child is age 13 or older. If your child needs a physical, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

School Physical Q & A

Why does my child need a school physical?

Most schools and school districts require students to go through comprehensive medical exams before enrolling in classes or before participating in sports or extracurricular activities. These routine exams are important to ensure your child:

  • Is healthy enough for activities
  • Doesn’t have any communicable diseases
  • Is developing healthfully
  • Has recovered after a prior injury

Schools usually provide paperwork for physicians to follow, including tests or evaluations required to perform during physicals.

What happens during a school physical?

While most school or sports physicals are standardized based on the school district’s requirements, your child’s exam is also tailored to their specific needs. Depending on your child’s health and any concerns you may have, their exam may include:

  • Comprehensive review of their medical history
  • Blood testing or urinalysis
  • Height and weight analysis
  • Blood pressure and pulse check
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Head-to-toe evaluation
  • Neurological and reflex testing

Because Dr. Farghaly regularly performs school physicals for middle school and high school students, she’s familiar with filling out the paperwork and preparing any necessary medical reports for your child’s school.

How do I prepare for a school physical?

It can be helpful to read through the form the school gives you, so you can tell your child what to expect. To help your child’s physical go as smoothly as possible, do the following:

  • Make a list of all medications and dietary supplements
  • Gather any recent medical records, such as urgent care visits
  • Bring in vaccination and immunization records

If your child wears glasses or contact lenses, make sure they wear them or bring them to the exam. Some school physicals require Dr. Farghaly to conduct a basic vision test to ensure your child can see clearly.

Because Dr. Farghaly understands how busy life can be, she offers same-day appointments and walk-in visits for school physicals. She also has flexible scheduling throughout the week, so you can squeeze in your child’s school physical even if it’s at the last second.  

To schedule your child’s school physical, book an appointment online or over the phone with Basant Farghaly MD today.