When is it time to get a sports physical?
The optimal time to have a physical performed is six weeks before the start of the sports season. If any injuries or conditions are found, six weeks will give the student time to be treated and recover. If physicals are completed seven weeks or more prior to the season, conditions may develop between the time of examination and the start date of the sport. ChoiceOne sports physicals at our urgent care locations in Maryland and Georgia are convenient, fast and affordable.
What assessments are performed?
Sports physicals at ChoiceOne include a thorough review of your child’s medical history and complete physical exam. They’ll be evaluated for the following factors to determine whether the student is cleared to play their specific sport:
- Height & Weight
- Vision and Pupil responses
- Blood Pressure
- Reflexes and coordination
- Chest and lungs
- Muscles, Joints, and Spine
What happens if there are medical issues?
If medical issues are found during the sports physical, potential solutions and treatments will be discussed. You will have access to the highly certified specialists at our hospital partners. Based on the diagnosis and treatment required, a judgment will be made to place the student athlete into one of the following participation categorizations:
- Unrestricted Participation. The student may play in the specified sport without any constraints.
- Clearance With Coach Notification. The student athlete is cleared to play the sport, but special accommodations may be warranted in certain circumstances.
- Deferred Clearance. Clearance cannot be given at this time, but a treatment plan will be put in place for future evaluation.
- Disqualification. Participation in the sport is prohibited.
Urgent Care Locations
ChoiceOne offers affordable sports physicals at all of our centers. Select your closest urgent care location to get directions and reserve your spot in line.