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Sports and Back to School Physicals

A sports physical is also known as a pre-participation physical exam (PPE). It’s an examination to assess your health and fitness levels for enrollment in sporting events. Many states will not allow minors to play a sport until they have had a sports physical.

During the examination, the provider checks for any injuries or diseases that could make it unsafe for your child or teen to participate in sports. Your family medical history will also be reviewed. Learn more about back to school or sports physicals.

Sports physicals and COVID-19 guidelines

Following the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Indigo Urgent Cares are unable to perform sports physicals for children or adolescents who have had COVID-19. Children, adolescents and college students who have recovered from COVID-19 should be cleared by their pediatrician or primary care provider for participation in sports.

Where is a sports physical done?

If you need to know where to get a physical exam for school or sports, there are several options. Doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners can perform the physical as well as sign the required forms. Some schools offer sports physicals and often have health care stations set up around a gymnasium where the practitioner can perform different tests on the teens. If you are wondering “do urgent cares do physicals?”, yes many walk-in clinics, like MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care, also offer middle school and high school sports physicals.

When is a sports physical done?

It’s ideal to have a pre-participation physical exam performed at least six to eight weeks before the sports season begins. This gives the health care provider time to treat any conditions they may find, as well as time for any necessary follow-up exams.

What to expect during a sports physical

At the beginning of the pre-participation physical exam, you will be asked to fill out a health history questionnaire about any illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy, as well as a family health history.

The provider may also ask about any previous injuries, such as concussions, sprains, bone fractures, hospitalizations or surgeries that might prevent your student from participating in the sport. Lifestyle questions, such as medications they might be on, as well as drug and alcohol use, will also likely be asked.

If you need to know where you can get a physical done without insurance, contact MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care today for cash-pay pricing information.

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