Are School and Sports Physicals Available at Urgent Care Facilities?
At iCare ER & Urgent Care in Frisco and Fort Worth, TX, we help patients throughout North Texas, treating illnesses and injuries, as well as providing ER-type care. When patients come to our urgent care facility during regular business hours for ER services, it is billed as an urgent care visit. Our local, board-certified physicians offer expert medical care when you need it. Avoid a long wait in the emergency room and exposure to coronavirus. Our urgent care clinic closely follows all CDC guidelines to ensure our waiting and exam rooms are regularly sanitized in between patients. We can offer medical care as well as school and sports physicals at our Frisco and Fort Worth, TX urgent care clinics.
*We are temporarily halting school physicals at this time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but hope to resume this service soon. For more information, please contact your nearest iCare today!
Purpose of these physicals
Most schools require students to have a physical to participate in sports or extracurricular activities. Both of these physicals can be performed at iCare ER & Urgent Care. We offer fast and cost-effective physicals by our medical professional team. They are conducted in private exam rooms with the parents of the minors present at all times. Our certified on-site laboratory makes sure that your test results are returned quickly, often in as few as 15 minutes.
These annual physicals help catch health concerns before they become serious. Medical problems, such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, all can be addressed by one of our iCare ER physicians. It’s important to complete a physical six weeks before you begin any sport or activity.
What to bring to your physical
Students who need a school or sports physical should bring all required forms to their appointment. Many schools require vision tests, so it’s important to bring contacts and glasses to a physical. Additionally, details about the medical history of each student’s family may be discussed. It is helpful to compile a list of this information prior to the physical and bring it to the exam.
What does a physical consist of?
Every school has different requirements for physicals. However, there are some basic tests that make sure a student’s health is intact. These tests are done to detect any existing medical problems. Medical history is discussed, where we learn about the student’s medical family history too. We discuss lifestyle issues, such as smoking or diet, as well as vaccination history.
Depending on your school’s requirements, physicals may consist of checking vitals, including pulse, blood pressure, or temperature, as well as height and weight. The physician also checks for any abnormalities on the body, including the abdomen, neck, limbs, and head. We also may measure reflexes, muscle strength, lung function, posture, and joint health to determine eligibility to participate in sports. Some schools may also require blood work, vaccine updates, and an eye exam, depending on the student’s age.
Will my insurance cover my visit to your facility?
Each insurance company determines if it will cover urgent care centers. At iCare ER & Urgent Care, we work diligently to provide you information about your insurance coverage before your visit. School physicals are cash-pay only, and $50. Most insurance companies do cover urgent care, but a copay is required. The insurance companies we accept at our Fort Worth and Frisco, TX offices include:
Ambetter Superior Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Lifestyle Health Plan
For our uninsured patients, we offer CareCredit, which has short-term 0% interest payment plans or low-interest extended payment plans with zero upfront costs. School physicals are cash-pay only, and are $50.
Schedule a sports or school physical at our urgent care facility
When your student needs a physical, iCare ER & Urgent Care can provide them at our Fort Worth and Frisco, TX locations. Our board-certified physicians can evaluate students for potential health problems and provide medical advice on lifestyle changes that may improve their health overall.
*We are currently halting school physicals due to the coronavirus pandemic, but hope to resume this service soon.*