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First Care Medical Clinic

Sports Physicals

It is easy to get a sports physical exam for your child or teen at First Care Medical. Our pediatric care specialists will ensure your child can safely participate in school activities and youth athletic leagues. Book an appointment and bring all required sports physical forms to any of our five North Carolina locations in Monroe, Albemarle, Gastonia, and Charlotte, or our clinic in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

To schedule a sports physical, contact the First Care Medical Clinic office nearest you by phone or by using the online booking feature.

Sport therapist checking the knee of a patient

School Sports Physical Q&A​

Why is a Sports Physical Important?

A sports physical is a routine examination that most children and adolescents have before they begin a new sport or physical activity. 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, youth sports leagues, schools, and activity groups will require a sports physical form is completed by your doctor. Bring this form with you when you come to First Care Medical Clinic for your examination. 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?

In most cases, sports physicals are necessary before each season but may depend on your child’s health and the type of sport in which they participate. If your child plays softball every year, for example, they may be required to have an annual sports physical exam before the start of the next season.

Your child might also need sports physical if they become injured and have to sit on the sidelines as they heal. A comprehensive exam may be required to clear your child and allow them to return to full activity on their team.

Book your child or teen’s sports physical at First Care Medical Clinic directly through the website. You can also contact the clinic nearest you to speak with a team member.