When should my child get a sports physical?

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
  • Abdomen
  • Heart
  • 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.

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Sunday - Saturday: 8:00 to 20:00

744 South Philadelphia Boulevard
Aberdeen, MD 21001

Fax: 443-345-2666

Sunday - Saturday: 8:00 to 20:00

600 E. Belvedere Ave, Suite A
Baltimore, MD 21212

Fax: 410-296-4106

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8 Denton Plaza
Denton, MD 21629
Fax: 443-606-2305

Sunday - Saturday: 8:00 to 20:00
1730 Merritt Blvd. 
Dundalk, MD 21222
Fax: 410-650-4731

Sunday - Saturday: 9:00 to 17:00

10845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 108
Dunkirk, MD 20754

Fax: 410-452-3086

Sunday - Saturday: 8:00 to 20:00
28522-C Marlboro Avenue
Easton, MD 21601
Fax: 443-746-0669

Sunday - Saturday: 8:00 to 20:00
2315 Belair Rd, Unit C1
Fallston, MD 21047
Fax: 443-966-3901

Sunday - Saturday: 8:00 to 20:00

1528 Rock Spring Rd, Suite 100
Forest Hill, MD 21050

Fax: 443-776-4085

Sunday - Saturday: 8:00 to 20:00
14237 Jarrettsville Pike
Phoenix, MD 21131
Fax: 410-650-4734

Sunday: Closed
Monday - Friday: 9:00 to 17:00
Saturday: Closed

Calvert Medical Arts Center
130 Hospital Road, Suite 102
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Fax: 410-452-3087

Sunday - Saturday: 8:00 to 20:00

711 W. 40th St, Suite 173
Baltimore, MD 21211

Fax: 443-965-9780

Sunday - Saturday: 9:00 to 17:00

14090 H.G. Trueman Road, Suite 1300
Solomons, MD 20688

Fax: 410-452-3088