School is almost back in session! You probably have a long list of things to do to get ready for the first day back to school – including getting a sports physical. Many schools and recreational programs require children to have documentation of a physical before they will allow them to participate.
Luckily, checking this item off your list at AppleCare Urgent Care is as easy as walking into any of our centers or checking in online from your computer or smartphone – there’s no need to wait weeks to see your primary care provider. Additionally, sports physicals at AppleCare are just $20!
What is a Sports Physical?
A sports physical also called a pre-participation physical examination (PPE), is a wellness exam given by a health care provider. The State of Georgia and most other states require children to have an annual sports physical before every sports season.
Many other recreational sports teams and camps also require children to have a physical before they can participate. Even if a sports program or camp doesn’t require an exam, it’s still a good idea to bring your child in for an exam before they begin any new physical activity.
The Importance Sports Physicals
A sports physical allows your health care provider to identify any health issues that may prevent your child from safely participating in physical activities. Identifying possible health issues early can prevent serious injury and even death.
During a camp or sports physical, your health care provider may also give your young athlete some great tips for improving their performance and reducing common sports injuries. These tips may include warm-up and stretching ideas or healthy foods that can help them grow stronger.
What to Expect at Your Child’s Camp or Sports Physical
In some ways, a sports physical is similar to your child’s annual wellness exam. The main differences are that a sports physical is quicker and is focused primarily on your child’s ability to safely participate in physical activities.
- When you first arrive for your child’s camp or sports physical, the health care provider will collect vital signs, such as blood pressure, temperature, height, and weight.
- The health care provider will also provide your child with an eye exam.
- Next, the provider will conduct an extensive review of your child’s medical and surgical history.
- Finally, the health care provider will perform a complete physical exam.
How to Prepare for a Camp or Sports Physical
Your child’s school or sports team will provide you with any required forms that must be completed and signed. You should bring these forms with you to your child’s sports physical, with all medical history details completed in advance.
You should also bring your insurance cards (if applicable) and a form of payment. Many health care facilities will also ask that parents be present for any visit with children under 18 years of age.
How to Schedule a Camp or Sports Physical
At AppleCare, there’s no need to schedule an appointment for a camp or sports physical. Although you can save time by checking in online on our website, you can simply walk into any of our convenient AppleCare Urgent Care Clinics. We are open days, nights, and weekends. Our friendly, competent staff will get you and your child in and out quickly so you can get rest easy and know that your to-do list just got a little bit shorter.