Sports and School Physical Exams Q and A
AFC Urgent Care Provides Kids’ Camp and Sports/School Physical Examinations in Chula Vista, CA 7 Days a Week, No Appointment Necessary.
Before enrolling your child in classes or a sport, it is important to make sure that their health is in order so that they can meet the challenges that lay ahead with flying colors! A great way to do so is by bringing them in for a sports or school physical exam at a medical clinic. At AFC Urgent Care Chula Vista, our board-certified physicians would be happy to see you and your child for a sports or school physical!
Where can I get a sports physical for my child?
If you are looking for a trusted clinic to bring your child to for a quick and thorough sports physical near Chula Vista, CA, we welcome you to come to AFC Urgent Care Chula Vista! Our board-certified physicians have years of experience providing comprehensive physicals for patients of all ages, from young toddlers to teenagers to adults and the elderly. Besides sports physicals, we also offer school physicals, routine physical exams, drug testing, pre-employment screenings, and Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. You can find AFC Urgent Care Chula Vista at 760 Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista, California.
What is the difference between a school physical and a sports physical?
While there will inevitably be some overlap in terms of what is involved with a school physical and a sports physical, they generally focus on different things.
When you bring your child to AFC Urgent Care Chula Vista for a sports physical, there will be two parts to the physical. First, there will be an evaluation of your child’s medical history, and second, there will be a physical examination. In the first part, the doctor may ask you or your child about any of the following topics:
- Any serious illnesses they or a family member has had
- Any illnesses they currently have, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy
- Previous hospitalizations or surgeries
- Past injuries
- Whether your child has ever passed out, experienced dizziness, chest pain, or had trouble breathing during exercise
During the physical examination, your child’s doctor will examine the following:
- Height and weight measurements
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Vision and hearing screening
- Evaluate their flexibility, joints, posture, and strength
- Using special medical tools and techniques, they will also check your child’s abdomen, ears, heart, lungs, nose, and throat
With this information, your doctor can give you and your child a recommendation as to whether they are cleared to participate in the particular sport, if they require certain modifications or if you should keep an eye out for anything, or if participation is not recommended.
For a school physical, there will also be an evaluation of your child’s medical history with many of the same questions asked. However, additional questions may be asked about their sleep hygiene, nutritional habits, immunization record, emotional and mental well-being, and any safety concerns. If your child is missing any necessary vaccinations or is due for one, your doctor can administer that to them. As far as the physical examination goes, many of the same evaluations will occur, but your doctor will mostly want to make sure that everything is working fine. They may inform you of any potential concerns should they choose to participate in physical activity and any other health concerns or risks that they are exposed to.
Can I go to a walk-in urgent care for a sport or school physical?
For sure! Walk-in urgent care clinics are a great place to receive a sport or school physical. If time is of the essence and you cannot wait until your primary care provider has an opening, urgent care clinics accept walk-in appointments and do not keep you waiting for hours in the waiting room when you arrive! Most patients can see a doctor within 30 minutes of arriving at an urgent care clinic.
If your child needs a sports or school physical, come to AFC Urgent Care Chula Vista for a walk-in appointment! Our doors are open seven days a week, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.