Sports physicals are performed daily on a walk in basis, no appointment is necessary!
In the United States alone, thousands of schools and youth sports leagues require their participants to have a sports physical before they can join the team. This pre-participation physical exam can be performed by your family doctor as well as other medical professionals. At Med First Urgent Care & Family Practice, we specialize in sports physicals for children, teens, and adults. We also offer walk-in sports physicals on a daily basis, with no appointment necessary! If you need to schedule a sports physical, find a Med First location near you today!
What’s The Purpose of a Sports Physical?
If your school or athletic team requires you to have a sports physical, you may be wondering why. This medical exam is used to help screen athletes for potential illnesses or conditions that may limit or restrict their physical activity. Sports physicals are a great way to ensure that kids who play sports are physically capable of meeting the demands of the sport. They are also utilized to ensure that children and adults don’t have any conditions that may be aggravated by intense exercise.
The main purpose of a sports physical is to help keep sports safe and accessible to everyone who wants to play. Not only does a sports physical reassure parents that their child is appropriately developed to participate in a sport, it also assures the school or league that each participant is equipped to handle the physical stress involved.
What Is Checked During A Sports Physical?
When you visit one of our Med First locations for a sports physical, your physician will ask you about your health history as well as any injuries or illnesses you have sustained in the past. The physical exam will then be performed to ensure you are able to participate in the sport of your choice. During your physical exam, your doctor will make note of:
- Your heart rate and rhythm
- Any joint pain or tenderness
- Elevated blood pressure
- Muscle Imbalance
- Vision Loss
- Hearing Loss
In some cases, if there is a health concern, your physician may ask you to undergo the following procedures:
- Blood tests
- Muscle strength training test
At Med First, our family practice specializes in sports physicals and DOT physicals. If you need to schedule a sports physical for you or your child, find a Med First location near you today!
Sports Physicals At Med First
If you or your child needs a sports physical, we can help. The Med First team offers walk-in sports physicals on a daily basis for children, teens, and adults. No need to make an appointment for your sport physicals, just find one of our locations near you and come in! We have locations in Carolina Beach, Chapel Hill, Clinton, Dillon (SC), Emerald Isle, Jacksonville, Kenansville, New Bern, Mt. Airy, Richlands, Sneads Ferry, Southport, Swansboro and many other NC cities so you are sure to find a Med First facility near you.