AM/PM Walk-In Urgent Care provides sports physicals at all of our convenient NJ locations. No appointment needed, walk-ins welcome. We are open 7 days a week from 8:00am to midnight.
Sports physicals are often required or at the very least highly encouraged to make sure an athlete can safely play in their chosen sport as required by the state, school, or sports organization. Even when it is not mandatory, sports physical exams help to keep vaccinations up to date and provide a chance to discuss any health concerns you might have. Physicians can also provide suggestions on what you can do to avoid injury.
Importance of Sports Physicals For Athletes
A sports physical is also known as a pre-participation physical exam (PPE). It’s an examination to assess your health and fitness levels for enrollment in sporting events. Many states will not allow minors to play a sport until they have had a sports physical.
During the examination, a physician will check for any injuries or diseases that could make it unsafe for you to participate in sports. Your family medical history will also be reviewed.
When Should a Sports Physical be Done?
It’s ideal to have a sports physical performed at least six to eight weeks before the sports season begins. This gives the health care provider enough time to treat any conditions they may find and also allows time for any necessary follow-up exams. If you wait too long you may end up in a position where you cannot participate.
What to Expect During a Sports Physical
Getting a sports physical can help minimize potential risks of illness or injury and allows medical professionals to monitor for health problems and give age-appropriate advice.
Your sports physical at our urgent care will include:
- Measuring height and weight
- Vision exam
- Hearing exam
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Reflex test
We will also discuss your medical history including:
- Family history of serious illness
- Past and present illnesses
- Previous surgeries and/or hospitalizations
- Past injuries
- Past and present prescription drugs
Best of all, you never need an appointment! You can simply walk into one of our convenient locations to receive fast, efficient service:
Prior To Your Sports Physical Exam:
- Please bring your eyeglasses, contact lens, or hearing aid with you to your appointment.
- Bring a list of your medications.