Administrative Physicals Performed on a Walk-in Basis at Our Urgent Care Center in Southbury, CT
Many schools, sports programs, and camps require a pre-participation physical examination. Also known as an administrative physical, this type of exam is designed to evaluate a participant’s general health, fitness level, risk of injury, and physical well-being, and thus confirm that he or she is healthy enough to safely participate in the anticipated activities.
For a busy parent, it can be a challenge to ensure that a child complies with all of the requirements for starting a new semester or season on time and ready to go. PhysicianOne Urgent Care can help. At all of our offices, including our location in Southbury, Connecticut, we perform physicals on a walk-in basis.
What Do Administrative Physicals Entail?
School, sports, and camp physicals differ from the more comprehensive well-child exams that are typically performed annually by a pediatrician or primary care provider. An administrative physical has a much narrower focus, which is simply to “clear” a participant for a specific activity.
Most schools, youth athletic associations, and camps have a standardized form that must be completed and signed by the physician who performs the required physical exam. The providers at PhysicianOne Urgent Care are very familiar with these types of forms and exams. In general, our administrative physicals include five parts:
- A medical history – By gaining an overview of the child’s past and present illnesses, injuries, surgeries, and chronic health conditions, the provider can identify potential problems and offer advice to help prevent future complications.
- A vital signs check – The provider will check the child’s pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, height, and weight. This information will help the provider evaluate the potential effects of the stresses associated with the anticipated activities.
- An eye exam – The provider will check the child’s vision to determine whether he or she needs to wear new or updated prescription lenses.
- A fitness review – The provider will evaluate the child’s heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat to decide whether any limitations on physical activity are appropriate.
- A joint assessment – The provider will test the child’s strength, flexibility, posture, and joint function to determine whether the child may be susceptible to certain injuries.
The Convenience of PhysicianOne Urgent Care
Time-strapped parents often find themselves in a last-minute bind to ensure their children are ready for their school, sports and camp activities. By offering walk-in physicals, PhysicianOne Urgent Care is meeting a real need in the Southbury, CT, community. We’re here for you; stop by today.