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Sports Physicals Specialists

First Care Medical Clinic -  - Family Practice

First Care Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Urgent Care located in Charlotte, Albemarle, Monroe, and Gastonia, NC and Rock Hill, SC

It’s very common for children to need a sports physical before beginning a new athletic activity. The pediatric care specialists at First Care Medical Clinic, with five North Carolina locations in Monroe, Albemarle, Gastonia, and two offices in Charlotte, as well as a clinic in Rock Hill, South Carolina, provide sports physicals to ensure your child can safely participate in the activity. You can book your child’s sports physical directly through the website, or you can call the clinic nearest you to schedule an appointment.

Sports Physicals Q & A

Why is a Sports Physical Important?

A sports physical is a routine examination that most children and adolescents have before beginning a new sport. This comprehensive exam is important to ensure your child:

  • Is healthy enough to participate in the sport
  • Doesn’t have any current injuries
  • Is in good overall health

Sports physicals are particularly important if your child has a chronic condition that requires ongoing medical intervention. For instance, if your child has asthma or allergies, your doctor needs to evaluate your child’s treatment plan and ensure you and your child know how to manage the condition during athletic activities. 

What Happens During a Sports Physical?

In most cases, sporting leagues, schools, and activity groups have forms that your doctor has to abide by and fill out. Bring this form with you when you come in to First Care Medical Clinic for a sports physical. Depending on the sport and your child’s health, a sports physical may include:

  • Vision and hearing check
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Immunization updates 
  • Neurological testing
  • Joint, strength, and flexibility evaluation
  • Prescription medication evaluation

If your child also needs a school physical, which includes many of the same evaluations, your provider at First Care Medical Clinic may be able to conduct that physical concurrently, so you won’t have to make another trip to the clinic. 

How Often Does My Child Need a Sports Physical?

It just depends on your child’s health and the type of sport in which they participate. In most cases, sports physicals are necessary before each season. So even if your child plays softball every year, for example, they need a sports physical before the start of the next season. 

Your child might also need a sports physical at First Care Medical Clinic if they become injured and have to sit on the sidelines as they heal. The team may require a sports physical with your doctor to clear your child and allow them to return to full activity.

Book your child’s sports physical at First Care Medical Clinic today. Click on the online scheduling tool or call any office directly to speak with a team member.