What are Sports Physicals?
Sports physicals, also known as a “pre-participation physical,” is a check-up to assess a young person’s ability to play in a sport or participate in an activity.
Most schools and organizations now require a person to pass this physical exam before getting involved in a sport or activity. A sports physical is not, however, as comprehensive as a complete annual exam done by your pediatrician.
What is Involved in Sports Physical Exams?
There are two parts to these sports/ pre-participation physicals.
- The first part involves the student’s medical history.
- Previous serious injuries and illnesses
- ongoing medical conditions
- family medical problems should be disclosed on this form and discussed with the medical provider.
- The second part are the sports physical exams. This will include:
- measurement of height and weight
- pulse and blood pressure
- a check of heart, lungs, vision, hearing, reflexes, flexibility, and posture
- a urinalysis screen for diabetes
- hernia check for males
The health care provider will evaluate the person’s fitness, based on the above checks, to give approval to participate. Occasionally, there may be restrictions placed on participation, such as:
- wearing special protective equipment
- carrying an inhaler if they have asthma
Available at Urgent Care Network of Omaha clinics
Sports physicals are available at all three Urgent Care Network of Omaha clinics year-round, on a walk-in basis. Please arrive no later than an hour before our scheduled closing time, so there is plenty of time to complete the exam. Bring the specific forms needed by your school or organization. Our normal price is $40 cash-pay, as these exams are not normally covered by insurance.