It’s that time of year again. Thousands of student-athletes across the country are asking: “Where can I get a sports physical – ASAP!” Physicals are often required for athletes to participate, and your school may have requirements that student-athletes submit multiple physicals in order to stay eligible throughout the year. If you’re in a hurry to get a sports physical, don’t just settle for the first one you find online. Make sure that it’s the right one to meet your requirements.
Youth School Athlete Physicals
Depending on the age of the child, the school can and will have different requirements to participate in school-sponsored or intramural sports. Different sports may have particular requirements to ensure that the athletes are capable of performing in that specific sport.
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You want to consider an office that tailors to children of all ages, making sure to note current stages of growth, nutrition, rest levels, and other indications of overall health. You want a pediatrician who can take the specifics of your student athlete into consideration.
Youth school athlete physicals are often divided by age, such as “12 and under” and “12 and up”. There may be different requirements for children participating in elementary schools and middle schools. A parent should always remain in the room with children of any age while the physical takes place.
Many schools and intramural sports leagues require that children are up to date on all vaccinations in order to participate in sports. This is to protect your children from diseases carried by others, as well as protect other children because your child is immune to those diseases and cannot carry or transfer them to other children. Children who participate in sports are often in close contact with one another, in less-than-sanitary conditions, and they are subject to catching germs and coming down with many illnesses during their time playing sports. In order to be the best athlete possible, make sure your student athlete is current on their vaccinations.
Adult School Athlete Physicals
When you’re playing sports as an adult, there are many things to consider that don’t necessarily need to be considered in children’s physicals. Particularly, past injuries should be noted and examined for your capacity to play the sport you’re interested in. Broken bones, number of children you’ve borne, or whether or not you smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol can impact your ability to play different sports.
If you’ve been an athlete all your life, talk to the doctor giving you the physical about your recovery and recuperation routines. If you’ve taken a break from sports for a long time or you’ve never played sports before, talk to the doctor giving you the physical for advice on how to prevent injuries and train your body for best results.
Injury Sports Physicals
If you’ve suffered an injury and are looking for immediate relief – seek an urgent care or hospital emergency room. It’s important not to delay treatment for serious sports injuries.
Once the urgency has passed and your injury has begun to heal, you may benefit from an evaluation that “clears” you for play before you play again. Whether required by your school or not, a sports physical after an injury is recommended to help you understand what you can expect while healing and how to build your strength back up after the injury.
If your doctor performs a physical and recommends more long-term treatment, such as physical therapy, you want to certainly consider how each option is going to affect your ability to play sports.
Still Asking: “Where can I get a sports physical ASAP?”
Call or send us a message. Tell us your situation and we’ll tell you if we’re the right place for you. We may even be able to get you in on the same or next business day, depending on our scheduling and your availability. So don’t hesitate! Sports physicals for children and adults, for school and intramural, recreational, or league sports. Physicals to evaluate and recommend your ability to play after an injury. Recovery advice. THIS is where you can get the right sports physical, ASAP.