Football season has already kicked off, volleyball is almost here and basketball preseason is just a few weeks away. While coaches and trainers prep for busy schedules, athletes and parents are likewise getting ready for another exciting fall sports season! But they’re not the only ones gearing up for the upcoming excitement.
Your physicians, nurses and other medical personnel at Urgent Care Extra are also prepared to do our part – after all, fall sports means that our busiest sports physical season is here! Nearly 40 million U.S. children and teenagers play at least one sport, and it’s recommended that you or your family member get a sports physical before the opening kickoff or first whistle. It’s not only common sense – it’s also the law! All Arizona school sports participants are required to have a sports physical, per the latest Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) rules.
Urgent Care Extra’s sports physical program provides any athlete or activity participant the necessary check-ups to ensure they’re ready to handle the rigors of fall sports. The importance of sports physicals is almost impossible to understate. A thorough physical examination for sports and other activities includes many checks and monitors that can identify high-risk disorders (including breathing problems like asthma) and existing injuries that an athlete may not have been aware of, as well as recommend any rehabilitation to help present issues and prevent future health problems.
According to a recent article in The Kentucky Standard, some of the biggest problems facing junior high and high school athletes are heat stroke and dehydration, which account for many of the 2.6 million instances that send children and athletes to the hospital for heat-related illnesses. This fact is particularly concerning for parents of Arizona scholastic athletes; with our state’s hot and dry climate, extra precautions are recommended to avoid all heat-related emergencies. Youth sports physicals can help prevent these types of on-field incidents.
Distinct Differences: Regular Physicals and Sports Physicals
So why are sports physicals so critical for young athletes, especially in terms of safety and long-term health? As we touched on previously, a sports physical is uniquely designed to prevent health hazards and other potential pitfalls from a sports and activity perspective. In other words, a sports physical takes into account the stresses and physical challenges of playing competitive sports.
Along with vital measurements, thorough medical history review and safety assessment, a youth sports physical at Urgent Care Extra also includes AIA-approved paperwork and forms, so there’s no second-guessing about eligibility. When it comes to physicals for sports and other activities, that’s why many parents prefer Urgent Care Extra. With our efficient and streamlined sports physical program, any youth athlete will enjoy:
- A full medical examination, including current ailment analysis and injury prevention methods
- Convenient, no-appointment-required scheduling
- Complete AIA paperwork requirements
- Follow-up medical services, if required; Urgent Care Extra is your season-long medical provider
A Word on Injuries: Avoidable for Some, Inevitable for Others
Despite an athlete’s best efforts to prevent injuries, they’re bound to happen. And while on-court or on-field mishap is bound to happen, studies show that sports physicals can help pinpoint potential problem areas for athletes of all ages. At the very least, a sports physical can help prepare for worst-case scenarios. According to a recent report, medical devices like EpiPens and inhalers are much more likely to be accessible during sports practices, now that physicals are required for all athletes.
That proverbial “clean bill of health” is the end goal for all youth sports physicals, but changing circumstances, evolving medical conditions and an athlete’s personal health history present considerable challenges. Your best bet is to always undergo a sports physical before prolonged activities, even if it’s not required. Injury prevention starts with eliminating the obvious risks – risks that otherwise might evade medical attention, if not for youth sports physicals – before play ever begins.
Plus, Urgent Care Extra’s physician referral network can connect any athlete with expert individual care, such as a rehabilitation program, orthopedic doctor, breathing specialist and more. Whatever your sports season-specific medical requirements are, Urgent Care Extra is here to help, from the sports physical and beyond. Our physicals for athletes are just one part of our complete, comprehensive plan to keep your young athlete safe and healthy, all season long!
Regardless of the season, a youth sports physical from UCE is a great idea for anyone preparing to engage in rigorous physical activity, sports competitions, athletic contests and other similar events. While the fall season is the most popular time of the year to get a sports physical, summer also deserves strong consideration for getting a thorough checkup. From competitive high school and college athletes to casual summer campers, year-round physical examinations are crucial for injury prevention, identifying potential health problems and much more.
Make a Healthy Sports Season Part of Your Fall Sports Gameplan
For the ultimate in convenience, quality youth sports physicals and cost savings, stop by Urgent Care Extra today. We’ve got a healthy, winning playbook for your family’s upcoming fall sports season. No appointments are necessary – just walk right in, and our friendly medical staff will get your test underway. The importance of athletic physical exams has only grown throughout the past few generations, and Urgent Care Extra is committed to providing all Arizona youth sport participants the very best medical care, regardless of your sport.
For more information about our physicals for sports, or to speak with one of our representatives about youth sports physicals, you can visit any one of our walk-in healthcare clinics or call (480) 988-9108. Urgent Care Extra’s sports physicals offer the flexibility and affordability to fit your family’s busy schedule. Give us a call today!