Sports physicals without an appointment

Summer’s halfway over which means the school year—and fall sports—is right around the corner. Has your student had a sports physical yet? No need to panic! You don’t even need an appointment. Just swing by WellStar East Cobb Urgent Care.
For some student athletes, this may be the first year they need a sports physical. They are required for college and high school athletes, and sometimes for kids in middle school. So, what to expect?

“During pre-participation exams, medical professionals check for the musculoskeletal issues with joints, spine and muscles that need to be evaluated prior to letting them play,” explained Steve Kane, M.D., a WellStar physician who serves as sports medicine advisor for Atlanta Public Schools. “We listen to the heart and lungs. But the most important part of the exam is the medical history.”

According to Dr. Kane, it’s important for families to take time to know their history and share it in detail on the form. If the student athlete has a family or personal history of cardiac disease, severe asthma or congenital diseases of the cardiac or neurological systems, further diagnostic testing may alert families to serious conditions so they can be treated.

“For example, if an athlete’s brothers or parents have had heart problems, we want to know that,” Dr. Kane said. “Very rarely will this exam limit an athlete from participating.”

Some things that medical professionals at Urgent Care may ask include:
• Have you ever fainted for no reason?
• Do you have chest pain?
• Have you ever been short of breath?
• Have you had operations?

In addition to clearing a student to play sports, the exams give WellStar medical providers a chance to discuss safety and preventive health, such as hydration and heat stroke.

Urgent Care at WellStar East Cobb Health Park is currently offering $40 physicals every day of the week between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. with no appointment needed. The Health Park is located at 3747 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062. Call 470-956-0150 with questions.