May 30, 2018

The school year is coming to an end and most children participating in summer sports and camp will be required to complete a sports physical; not to mention, your child will need an updated sports physical to participate in the 2018-2019 school year. Partners Urgent Care makes getting your child’s physical quick and convenient, so they can stay in the game!

In order to help parents prepare for the upcoming sports and camp season, we have put together a short list of the five w’s (who, what, when, where and why) of sports physicals.

Who needs a sports physical?

  • Sports physicals are often required for participation in youth summer programs including day or sports camp, sleepaway camp and for boy and girl scouts. Also, most public middle and high schools require a “pre-participation sports physical” prior to the start of school sports season.

What do I need to bring to my child’s sports physical?

  • You should contact your primary care physician to get a copy of immunization records to bring to your visit. Unfortunately, Partners Urgent Care cannot verify any vaccines that were not administered at one of our centers.
  • Be sure to bring a copy of your sports physical form. Coaches, schools and camps will often provide the specific form they need completed for children, but if not, you can get in contact with your child’s program coordinator or look online for “{school district name} sports physical form”.

When should I get my child’s sports physical?

  • Partners Urgent Care offers youth sports physicals year-round, however, we recommend coming in towards the end of the school year so that you can take care of your child’s sports physical for summer activities and year-round school sports at the same time. Also, doctor’s offices and urgent care centers tend to get busy at the start of the school year.  Just keep in mind that many schools require a physical to be completed after April or May for the upcoming school year.

Where should I go to get my child’s sports physical?

  • Partners Urgent Care offers competitive pricing at our convenient locations in the Boston area. In addition, all of our centers are open 9am-9pm, seven days a week to fit your busy schedule!

Why should I get my child a sport’s physical?

  • Sports physicals are important in making sure your child is healthy and able to take part in a variety of physical activities with a minimal risk of injury. It is important to note that a sports physical is a specialized examination and not the same as a comprehensive annual physical from your child’s primary care physician.