As school starts back up, so do sports. Regardless of the type of sport they play, your kids will be required by their school and the state to complete a sports physical. Sports physicals are just one of the many walk-in primary care services we offer at Riverview Medical Center. Here’s what you need to know before you visit us.

What Are Sports Physicals?

Sports physicals are a good way to assess a student’s overall health before they start to play school sports. A doctor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner will check vital signs, do a vision screen, and look at your child or teen’s general health. Medical staff will also go over your family medical history to make sure there aren’t any warning signs

Who Can Conduct a Sports Physical?

Some school districts provide on-site sports physicals for their athletes. You may also go to your family physician, although it may take longer to get an appointment. For this reason alone, many parents turn to other providers like Riverview Medical Center. No appointment is necessary and our Rock Hill location is open 24 hours a day. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!

What Happens Next?

If your child is found to be in good health, your care provider will sign off on the required form. This clears your student to participate in school sports. If an issue is found, you may be referred to another doctor or asked to come back for a follow-up appointment. Remember that no sport is more important than your student’s health. Encourage your child to be patient throughout the process.

To learn more about sports physicals, please call Riverview Medical Center today. We offer primary care with walk-in service available.