As summer comes to an end, your list of things to do before school stars is likely still growing. While some things cannot be done until just before school starts back (like shopping for school supplies), there is one major thing you can check off your list as early as you please: annual physicals. Your kids should have a physical every year, regardless of age, and summertime is the best time to get that done. As most parents rush to complete their list of to-dos at the beginning of August each year, you’ll be way ahead of the game if you put aside time for your child’s annual physical now.
If your child plays a sport, getting his or her sports physical done earlier will be even more beneficial. While sports physicals and regular back-to-school physicals are not the same, they can be completed in the same appointment, saving you time and an extra trip to the doctor. Sports physicals are typically required every two years, or possibly before the start of each new sports season. Getting an urgent care sports physical earlier will be very helpful, namely because it will give your child and his or her doctor to address any concerns regarding injuries, nutrition, training, and more. Having the sports physical done earlier also gives your child time to recuperate from any possible injuries before the sports season actually begins.
Physicals for School Sports – Advantages of a Simple, Quick Examination
School sports physicals aren’t just a “nice to have.” The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), Arizona’s governing body for high school sports and different school-sanctioned activities, requires all athletes (both junior high and high school) to get a school sports physical. The AIA’s requirement with back to school physicals has to do more with legal protection than anything else, but at the end of the day, Arizona high schools and athletes benefit from making school sports physicals mandatory.
A physical for school sports is beneficial for many reasons. How can a back-to-school sports physical work for you? There are plenty of ways. School sports physicals:
- Help detect potential health problems.
- Identify conditioning problems that could contribute to medical emergencies.
- Evaluate an athlete’s injury history, which can help prevent future mishaps.
- Analyze a participant’s current size, strength, physical capacity and other critical measurements for an upcoming sports season.
- Review any pre-existing conditions that may or may not affect physical performance.
Make sure a school sports physical is part of your off-season game plan. With strict AIA enforcement of the “no physical, no play” rule, you don’t want to be left standing on the sidelines!
Sports Physicals Near Me – Where Can I Go for a School Sports Physical?
For Arizona residents, Urgent Care Extra takes care of all your back-to-school physicals. When the clock is ticking down on the offseason and it’s “crunch time” in terms of verifying eligibility, athletes’ parents inevitably ask, “Can I get a sports physical near me? And are there any pre-examination details I need to take care of?”
Let us handle all the work. Urgent Care Extra specializes in and offers flexible school sports physicals. They’re one of our core offerings for anyone in Arizona that needs to get a sports physical done before the start of the next season.
All of our physicals at Urgent Care Extra include a thorough examination of an athlete’s physical capacity, including key vital signs. What else happens at a sports physical at Urgent Care Extra? Depending on the athlete’s unique history and background, the examination can include a thorough historical examination of different conditions than can impact sports performance, including:
- Injuries (broken bones, tendon tears, joint problems, etc.)
- Allergies and all associated reactions
- Family history of strenuous-related health issues
- Current immunization status
- Concussion history, up to and including a “baseline” concussion test
- Past and present issues with light-headedness, dizziness, heat stroke, etc.
Once your school sports physical results are accepted and verified by your school district, that’s it – you’re good to go! If any problems surface during a back-to-school sports physical, we can help with the necessary medical care to help get you back on the field, court, diamond – whatever your preferred sport. And if we can’t perform the required procedures, we’ll help identify a specialist who will help.
Just like teamwork is required in most sports, the Urgent Care Extra team will ensure you’re on a winning track for the next Arizona school sports season!
At Urgent Care Extra, we encourage you to use US as your primary care physician, unlike most other urgent care facilities. We want to build a relationship with you and your family so that you can come to us for both regular checkups and medical emergencies. Part of scheduling a yearly back-to-school checkup for your child is letting us grow our relationship with him or her. We strive to build relationships with all of our patients, no matter their age, so that proper care can be given and concerns can be addressed appropriately.
Help your child get the best start this school year by getting a yearly urgent care sports physical done early. You’ll save time, energy, and stress by completing this to-do in the middle of the summer, and you’ll give your child the best start for his or her upcoming year. Stop in to your local UCE today for your child’s back-to-school sports physical. And don’t forget to check out our EXTRA SAVINGS page for a coupon toward your sports physical!