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Back to School Health Tip: Physicals before sports

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

As you make those final preparations for the new school year, we have another health tip from the experts.

With the new school year beginning, your child will most likely become a lot more active than they've been during the summer months with everything from P.E. class to fall sports kicking off in the next few weeks.

WTOC caught up again with Dr. Ben Spitalnick of Pediatric Associates of Savannah to help you make your child's transition back to the classroom an easy one.

With so many students heading back to class this week, he wants to remind parents that a sports physical is required for almost all athletes. He says you definitely want to get that taken care of right away to make sure your child is cleared to play.

“Schools require participation forms if they’re going to participate in sports or P.E. and they need those turned in before school begins. Now is the time to get with your doctor or if your child has had a physical in the last 12 months that usually suffices for the form. If you've had a physical in the last 12 months that usually suffices for the forms. If you've had a physical in the last 12 months, don't run to the urgent care to get it repeated, call your doctor they will likely fill the form out for you,” Dr. Spitalnick said.

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