It’s hard to believe that summer is wrapping up and school is right around the corner. With school starting in August, is your athlete prepared for the upcoming fall athletic season? Most schools and athletic programs require annual sports physicals prior to the first practice date. The first practice date is outlined by the Colorado High School Activities Association (also known as CHSAA). For the upcoming fall season, CHSAA has changed their first practice date to Monday, August 12. While this is only the first practice date for some of the major teams and sports, it’s recommended that parents visit the chsaanow.com website for more dates and information.
What is a Sport Physical?
Let’s help each athlete stay safe and healthy this sport season! The best way to help review and monitor an athlete’s physical wellness and capabilities is through a sports physical exam. These annual exams assist coaches, staff, and parents by helping them ensure that athletes are fit and capable to perform in their desired sports/skills with minimum risk. During the physical exam, medical staff review the athlete’s prior health records, their personal capabilities, and assess if there are any risks that need to be addressed prior to physical exertion. Ask your athlete’s school today about their sport physical policy!
Did you know that there are local resources available to help accommodate athletes? Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine helps local athletes with $35 cash pay sports physicals. They have three locations in Brighton, Northglenn and Fort Lupton. The Brighton and Northglenn clinics are open everyday, 8am to 8pm. Since this is a walk-in urgent care clinic, patients can be seen quickly and are encouraged to check in online at advurgent.com for a quicker check in process.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding Sport Physicals:
- Do all athletes need a sports physical for school sports? Most of the time, the answer is yes, however, it is recommended that parents check in with the school to see what their requirements are for their athletic programs.
- What should an athlete bring to a sports physical exam? Each school may have different requirements regarding paperwork. By checking with the Athletic Director, athletes will have their designated physical form to bring to their appointment. If parents are not able to be present for this exam, please make sure a consent form is on file prior to arrival.
- Is it hard to fill out the sports physical form? Contact your school to see if your school requires a sports physical form. Some schools simply require a letter stating that their athlete has received a sports physical for that year.
- Does the athlete’s parent need to be present for the physical? A parent does not need to be present in the patient room for a sports physical, however AUCOM does need to have the parents’ consent form on file. Patients can find an online parental consent form on the advurgent.com website.
- Can athlete’s get a sports physical without insurance? Yes. Both Advanced Urgent Care and Platte River Medical Clinic have cash pay prices for sports physicals.