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Sports Physicals for Kids Health

When Fall comes around, there are lots of opportunities for kids to play sports. We can all agree that we want our teams to be as healthy as possible when playing for school, in a league, at church, or anywhere else.

Even though we are just getting into the swing of Summer, it’s not too early for your kids to get their sports physicals!  This way, before back-to-school craziness kicks in, you can check your child’s sports physical off your to-do list!

Not sure if your child needs a sports physical? Well, most of the time you will know because the organizers of the sports team will tell you! But what about what goes into a sports physical?

  • A sports physical is a quick 15-25-minute physical with a provider that helps determine if it is safe for a child to play on a sports team.
  • There are two main components to a sports physical: a patient’s medical history and the physical examination.
  • The medical history focuses on looking at any illnesses or injuries a child might have had and any illnesses that are common amongst family members. During the physical examination, the provider will look at the child’s height/weight, take their blood pressure, test their vision, etc. If there are any red-flags the provider can help determine next steps to get them season ready.

Unless your child has chronic pre-existing health conditions, there is no need to go to a primary care physician to get your children’s sports physicals done. Instead, you can walk into any of our centers- no appointment necessary!

Our urgent care centers are open every day of the week 8:00 am to 8:00 pm- No appointment necessary! We offer COVID-19 vaccination at the Roswell and Sugar Hill centers. Click here for our page on vaccine facts and links to schedule your visit. Rapid Antigen and send-out PCR COVID-19 testing, as well as COVID-19 antibody testing is available, too! To be seen by a provider, simply walk in, or save your spot online by clicking here! For information on E-registration to save time click here. Telemedicine options are available here. We look forward to helping you Get Better. Faster!

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