Every participant in a school sports team is required to complete a pre-participation physical examination, also called sports physical.Statcare Urgent Medical Care offers sports physicals at all our locations. Sports physicals consist of two parts: a medical history and a physical examination. The goals of sports physicals are to evaluate an athlete’s general health, current fitness level, risk of injury and physical well-being.
A sports physical allows a healthcare provider to identify any conditions that might keep the athlete out of the game or affect performance. Athletes should have a physical six weeks before the start of the sport season; however this can vary due to changing sport seasons. This timing provides an opportunity to address an existing injury or improve conditioning prior to participation in the activity.
Our healthcare providers perform sports physicals at all our locations. Notifying the provider of any relevant information regarding previous hospitalizations or surgeries, illnesses or diseases within the family, medications, past injuries or allergies will help the physical run smoothly.
Even if your child has received a general physical, it is important to also receive a sports physical prior to participation in sports or physical activity. Sports physicals are more targeted and specifically focus on the physical requirements needed to play a sport. If your child is involved in sports on an on-going basis, it is recommended they receive a sports physical annually.
What to bring?
- Your child’s eye glasses if they wear one.
- Your child’s immunization records.
What to expect?
- Questions regarding serious illnesses among other family members.
- Questions regarding past illnesses, injuries, hospitalizations and surgeries.
- Questions about any medications your child is on.
- Height, weight, blood pressure and pulse measurement.
- Vision check.
- Inform the provider if your child has passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or experienced strained breathing during exercise.
- Heart, lung, abdomen, ear, nose and throat examination.
- Posture, joints, strength and flexibility assessment.
At the end of the visit, your healthcare provider will stamp the medical forms required.
When you visit Statcare Urgent Medical Care, you can get your child’s sport physical done without having to wait in long lines. You can even check in online prior to your visit. We are open 7 days a week. You do not need an appointment. With extended hours, Statcare Urgent Medical Care makes it easy to receive a sports physical and return to the game. Walk in and be seen now!