Guide to School & Sports Physicals

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PhysicianOne Urgent Care is proud to be a provider of school and sports physicals for families in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. Our facilities are open every day of the week, making us a convenient solution when you need a prompt physical for your child. While getting an annual physical is a common process for many people, you may not be as familiar with school and sports examinations. In this article, we’ll dig into what these types of physicals entail, why they are needed, and the benefits of coming to PhysicianOne Urgent Care for the exam.

What Is a School Physical?

A school physical is a general wellness exam that focuses on learning about the child’s overall health. The purpose of this examination is to ensure your child is physically, mentally, emotionally, and developmentally ready to tackle the school year ahead. During the examination, the medical practitioner will:

  • Discuss the child’s full medical history
  • Take down their height, weight, and vitals such as blood pressure and pulse
  • Complete a vision screening
  • Evaluate their posture, strength, and flexibility as well as their heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat

A review of the child’s immunization record to ensure he or she is up to date on all vaccines will be included. You’ll also have ample time to discuss other factors involved in your child’s health, such as nutrition, sleep habits, mental health, and more.

What Is a Sports Physical?

A sports physical differs slightly from a school physical in that it is specifically designed to determine if a child is healthy enough to participate in a certain sport. Therefore, the examination is focused mostly on the child’s overall physical health and understanding the extent of any prior injuries or underlying health conditions. If the medical practitioner believes that there is a risk to your child playing a sport, he or she may be able to make some simple accommodations, such as prescribing a different kind of inhaler to use during practices and games.

A sports physical includes many of the same evaluations as a school physical, although your medical practitioner may have a lengthier discussion with your child (especially if he or she is a teenager) about the use of drugs, alcohol, performance enhancers, and weight-loss supplements.

What to Bring to the Physical Examination

There are a few documents that you should bring to the physical examination:

  • The physical exam form
  • A copy of your child’s most recent immunization record
  • Your insurance card (if applicable)
  • Your driver’s license

Our walk-in physicals cost $80 and additional fees may apply if your child needs an immunization or further testing.

Why Choose PhysicianOne Urgent Care for Walk-In Physicals

PhysicianOne Urgent Care is here for you if you need a sports or school physical for your child. With extended evening and weekend hours, no appointments required, and experienced medical practitioners staffing our facilities in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, we are the urgent care center to trust. Simply stop by at a time that’s convenient for you, and we’ll take care of you. To expedite your visit, check in online!

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