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Sports Physicals

Is your little one looking to sign up for a fall sport? He or she might be required to undergo a physical examination. A sports physical is a simple medical exam that determines whether or not it is safe for your child to play a certain sport. While not every state requires sports physicals, they are highly recommended by most medical professionals. This is what you can expect next time you bring your child in for a sports physical:

Medical History:
This part of the exam may include questions on topics such as:
  • Family history of serious illnesses
  • Past and present illnesses
  • Allergies
  • Previous surgeries and/or hospitalizations
  • Past injuries
  • Past and present medication

Physical Examination:
This part of the exam may include:
  • Measuring your child’s height and weight
  • Checking your child’s pulse and blood pressure
  • An eye test
  • Evaluating the condition of your child’s heart, lungs, and throat
  • Checking your child’s joints, strength, and flexibility

Sports physicals are straightforward when you come prepares, so be sure to bring any necessary forms and a list of your child’s current medications. If your child needs a sports physical, you may walk in any of our Patient First centers from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to be seen by a physician. To find a center near you, please visit our location page.

  • Get into the Game with Rec Leagues
    Looking to meet some new people while indulging your competitive side? Rec leagues offer a great way to stay in shape and also play the game you love. Sports ranging from softball to water polo and everything in between are offered for adults at every level. Get together a group of friends or coworkers and join in on the fun!

    Not sure how joining a rec league is good for you? Check out these 4 benefits of joining a rec league:

    Sports are an outlet for stress
    Engaging in friendly competition while playing a game is a good way to relieve stress. Sweat away the day’s stress by getting active and participating on a rec league team. Regular practice can develop muscles and strengthen bones while lowering the risk of heart disease. Even twenty minutes of physical activity can be beneficial in reducing tension and anxiety.

    Gain a new skill
    If you are looking to pick up a new hobby, rec leagues could be for you. Even if you are a novice at a sport, there are teams for players of every level. Joining a rec league sport helps you refine your new craft through practice and game participation. Rec Leagues also allow you to work with teammates while also developing skills such as hand eye coordination.

    A provided social outlet
    If you are looking to make new friends or spend time with old friends, try joining a rec league! Rec league sport teams allow team members to stay connected with one another while bonding over a shared interest in sports. Not only are you building relationships with teammates and coaches, but also meeting new people through the teams you challenge.

    A fun way to exercise
    Rec leagues offer a fun and encouraging atmosphere to get and stay active. Getting sufficient exercise can boost mood and also increase energy levels. Rec league sports offer a great way to fit exercise into your schedule. Even if it is just an hour a day, getting regular exercise is important to your health. Get in your recommended 2.5 hours a week while also having a good time playing with friends and team mates.

    Wondering which sport to join or nervous about jumping in an established team? Check out these fitness facts and tips on popular rec league sports:

    • Basketball: Basketball improves the ability to move quickly in different directions. Health benefits of basketball include cardiovascular conditioning and improvement of the body’s speed and power. Since you have to anticipate what other players will do, or to block out any distractions while shooting basketball provides a challenge to keep players mentally sharp. What you’ll need to get started: high-top tennis shoes, athletic tape to prevent injuries, mouth guard.
    • Rugby: Rugby builds power, strength, stamina, and cardiovascular training. Rugby players learn to defend themselves against tackling and acquire better balance and speed with practice. Good mental focus and strength are not the only thing a game of rugby requires. Players have to work as a team and also carry their own weight to pull out a win on the field. What you’ll need to get started: Soft padded helmet to prevent head injury, athletic tennis shoes with good lateral support, and a mouth guard.
    • Volleyball: Volleyball develops skills like agility, hand-eye coordination, quick thinking and reflexes. Volleyball is also a good sport for aerobic conditioning. Mental focus to move, set, and spike the ball is required when playing on a team. Players should be able to work well with others on their teams. What you’ll need to get started: pads for knees and elbows, shoes with good lateral support.
    • Softball: Softball develops skills like hitting power, speed, and hand-eye coordination. Players need to have a strong mental focus and good coordination to interact with fast pitches and catches. Soft ball players develop muscle strength, core strength and flexibility as well as batting and running skills. What you’ll need to get started: Cleats, a glove, a helmet, and a bat.
    • Soccer: Soccer improves lower body strength and power, while also offering aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. Players develop foot-eye coordination, quick reflexes, and agility to move quickly in different directions. Soccer requires developing skill and ability to play a position on the field and a high demand for strong mental focus. What you’ll need to get started: Mouth guard, cleats, and shin guards.

    Are you ready to sign up? Many rec leagues offer online signups; however, here are a few other places you can check out opportunists to join a rec league team:

    • Parks and recreation department: Check out the parks and recreation department in your area. They often have information on rec sports leagues and teams near you. Be sure to ask when and where signups are held.
    • Gyms and health clubs: Your local gym or health club may have information on rec league sports. Stop by and ask if they can recommend any organizations for you to get involved with. They also may even sponsor or facilitate their own leagues for you to look into.
    • Sporting goods stores: Many sporting stores make customized jerseys and uniforms for rec league players. Ask about local leagues and opportunities at a store near you.
  • Websites: To find a listing of rec league sports near you, try doing some online research. Include the desired sport and “rec leagues” in your search. There are also websites such as that allow you to search for a certain sport and also for teams near you.

  • Patient First opening in Voorhees January 5
    Patient First announces the expansion of its urgent care services in New Jersey with the opening of a new medical center in Voorhees on Thursday, January 5. This location joins other Patient First centers in the Greater Philadelphia area, including those in Montgomeryville, East Norriton, Pottstown, Springfield, Feasterville, Abington and Devon, PA and Woodbury, Sicklerville, Hamilton, Delran and Cherry Hill, NJ.

    Located at 705 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, the new medical center will serve residents of Voorhees and surrounding neighborhoods.

    “The goal of Patient First is to provide convenient, cost-effective medical care on a walk-in basis,” says R.P. Sowers, M.D., founder and CEO of Patient First. “At the same time, our physicians and staff always work closely and collaboratively with the area’s existing medical community to provide care.”

    Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year, Patient First physicians and their support staff are available for urgent care; work, school, camp, sports and travel physicals; occupational health; flu shots and primary care for patients who do not have a primary care physician.

    For continuity of care, Patient First routinely transmits a copy of the visit record to the patient’s primary care physician according to the patient’s wishes.

    The new Patient First centers will offer medical care including:

    Urgent Care
    Patient First provides treatment for routine injuries and illnesses – offering a convenient, lower-cost alternative to visiting a hospital emergency department. Services offered include care for colds, flu, allergic reactions, ear and sinus infections, pneumonia, minor burns, skin rashes, sprains, minor fractures, lacerations and sports injuries.

    Digital X-Ray Services
    Like all Patient First centers, the new Patient First – Sicklerville and Hamilton locations will be equipped with on-site digital x-ray equipment for routine x-rays.

    Lab Work
    The new Patient First facilities’ CLIA-approved laboratories will provide on-site services for routine office labs and send-out service for more complex tests.

    As a convenience, Patient First dispenses routine prescription drugs on-site.

    Occupational Health
    Since 1981, Patient First has provided Occupational Health services for employees and employers. These services include treatment for workplace injuries covered by Workers’
    Compensation, as well as DOT physicals, drug screenings and work-site flu shots.

    Patient First accepts most major insurance plans. A complete listing of participating insurers can be found on our Insurance Participation page.

    About Patient First
    Patient First currently operates 70 centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It opened its first facility in Richmond, Virginia, in 1981 and developed many automation-based operating systems and practices that were considered innovative at the time and which have been continually improved to meet the needs of today’s patients. Patient First is accredited by the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine.

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