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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.

  • 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.

    Prescriptions
    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.
  • Patient First opens new center in Clinton, Maryland

    Our Clinton, Maryland center is now open and welcoming patients 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day! This opening marks the twelfth Patient First center in the Greater Washington D.C. area, with other centers open in Central Park, Manassas, Leesburg, Garrisonville, Sterling, Alexandria, Lake Ride and Chantilly, Virginia and Waldorf, Silver Spring, and Rockville, Maryland.

    Located at 9000 Woodyard Road the new facility will serve residents of Clinton, Camp Springs, Friendly, Rosaryville, Forestville, Coral Hills, Walker Mill, Fort Washington, 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.

    Prescriptions
    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 including Aetna, Cigna, Coventry, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, and Tricare. A complete listing of participating insurers can be found on our website.

  • Patient First opens new center in Hamilton, NJ

    Our Hamilton, NJ center is now open and welcoming patients 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day! This opening marks the tenth Patient First center in the Greater Philadelphia area, with other centers open in Montgomeryville, East Norriton, Pottstown, Springfield, Feasterville, Sicklerville, and Woodbury.

    Located at 641 US Highway Route 130, the Hamilton medical center will serve residents of Hamilton, Asbury Park, Eatontown, Tinton Falls, Howell, Point Pleasant, Freehold, Sayreville, 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.

    Prescriptions
    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 including Aetna, AmeriHealth NJ, CIGNA, Horizon BCBS NJ, Independence Blue Cross, Medicare, and TRICARE. A complete listing of participating insurers can be found on our website.

  • Patient First opens new center in Sicklerville, NJ

    Our Sicklerville, NJ center is now open and welcoming patients 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day! This opening marks the ninth Patient First center in the Greater Philadelphia area, with other centers open in Montgomeryville, East Norriton, Pottstown, Springfield, Feasterville, and Woodbury.

    Located at 606 Cross Keys Road, the Sicklerville medical center will serve residents of Sicklerville, Pine Hill, Lindenwold, Glassboro, Pitman, Hammonton, Woodbury, Collingswood 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.

    Prescriptions
    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 including Aetna, AmeriHealth NJ, CIGNA, Horizon BCBS NJ, Independence Blue Cross, Medicare, and TRICARE. A complete listing of participating insurers can be found on our website.



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