Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. All opinions are my own.
Have you noticed how late Labor Day is this year? It’s the latest possible date it can be in September. Know what that means around here? It means my kids get an extra week of summer. An extra week of sleeping in, an extra week of laid back schedules, an extra week of bickering with each other, an extra week of driving me crazy (oops, did I say that out loud?)
Despite the late start to school, Shoo starts soccer practice as soon as we get back to Virginia (yes, I’m hiding out in Wisconsin where the weather is cooler.) And guess what I forgot to have done before we left? Shoo’s sports physical. Actually, in my defense, he’s never needed a sports one before and he hadn’t made the team when we were in for his last doctor’s appointment.
Thankfully, there are options like CVS MinuteClinic. I’ve used them for a camp physical (for me LOL) and they are our go to for things like flu shots and strep tests. Luckily, they also offer Sports Physicals and it’s usually quick and easy to get in.
Even if your child is not required to get a physical, it’s a good idea to get one. First and foremost, it’s important to make sure they’re healthy and cleared to get on the field. Sometimes you find a surprise or two, like your child actually needs glasses. Sports physicals can also help you keep immunizations up to date and provide an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have heading into a new school year.
If you head to the CVS MinuteClinic, their practitioners can:
- Review health history and immunizations
- Perform a thorough physical exam
- Complete and stamp required paperwork
Do you have kids in sports? Shoo has been playing soccer for years, but this year is a whole new level of crazy. I’m not sure I’m quite ready for it. I never planned to be a soccer mom LOL and it’s definitely conflicting with my racing plans. But here we go!
• When starting a new sport, consider a pre-season conditioning program or camp to gradually build strength & endurance (No worries here, Shoo practiced most of the summer)
• Don’t let them jump in too fast – increase intensity, distance or duration of play by about 10% a week. This allows the body to rest, rebuild, recover & avoid injury (As a runner, this sure sounds familiar)
• Avoid cramping before game time and serve main meals 2-3 hours prior. If they really need something before a game, lighter snacks, such as granola bars, can be digested in 30 minutes
• When it comes to injuries, sprains and strains are two of the most common ones, so be sure to know the difference between the two.
• Sprains occur in a ligament (bone connector)
• Strains occur in a muscle or tendon (muscle-bone connector)
Kids can get either one after a fall on the sports field. But with strains, there’s an extra layer ─ they can actually get one just from overuse (like gripping a gymnastics bar or tennis racket). Get it checked out if their pain is severe ─ but if not, here’s how to help give them pain relief, fast:
For the first 24-48 hours, think R.I.C.E. Help your kids:
R = Rest the joint, and keep weight off of it.
I = Ice the area to ease swelling.
C = Compress the joint by wearing an elasticized support bandage from the drugstore.
E = Elevate it ─ keep it up above their heart, especially when they sleep.
Need another reason to head to the MinuteClinic?
Don’t forget – you can get $10 off a sports physical from now until 9/7/15 , and a FREE Johnson & Johnson coupon book with $29 worth of savings!
Apparently Johnson and Johnson knows my child – they sent me the value pack of bandaids LOL.
You can find the closest MinuteClinic to you here: MinuteClinic Locations
Are you ready for your kids to go back to school? Will you be juggling kid activities and races this fall as well?