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12 Things You Need to Know About Sports Physicals

Summer is approaching, and so too is the 2018-2019 sports physical season! (Are we allowed to talk about the upcoming school year or is it too soon?) Many parents opt to get their children’s school or sports physicals performed early in the summer, ahead of sports season to avoid the rush (and lines) of last-minute sports physicals during August and September.

Many of us know we need to get sports physicals for students to be eligible to participate in athletics, but there’s always a few lingering questions.

12 things you need to know about sports physicals

Here we tried to answer the top 12 questions we typically get during school sport physical season.  Have more?  Tweet them at us or let us know on Facebook!

Can MedSpring verify my immunizations during a sports physical?

We are unable to verify your immunizations unless they were performed at MedSpring.   You can still get your sports physical performed at MedSpring – just attach a signed verification form alongside it to your school or sports team.  We recommend contacting your doctor’s office for verification of your child’s immunizations.

If I’m missing vaccinations, can I get them during a sports physical?

At MedSpring, the vaccinations we offer are not all of the vaccinations required as part of a standard childhood immunization list.  We highly recommend utilizing your primary care doctor to stay up-to-date on your child’s immunizations.

What should I bring to a sports physical?

Be sure to bring the required physical form(s), and wear glasses or contacts if you use them.

Does my parent need to be present for the physical?

Any minors under the age of 18 need proper state-required parental consent to have a sports physical performed. In addition, parents must fill out the health history portion of the form.

Is a school or sports physical the same thing as an annual physical?  

No.  A sports physical is not as comprehensive as an annual physical and should not replace an annual check-up with your primary care physician.  Pro tip: these sports physicals are often called “pre-participation physical exams” as they’re normally required before try outs.

Do I need a sports physical for school sports?

Generally, yes.  Most public high schools and middle schools require a standard “pre-participation sports physical” prior to the season start.  The physicals generally last for one year.  Please pay special attention as some schools will not accept a physical completed before April or May preceding the upcoming school year sports season, so we recommend coming in during summer for your annual sports physical.  Be sure to bring the required forms with you when you come into MedSpring for a sports physical.

Can I get a sports physical without insurance?

Yes! The price advertised at MedSpring is the price regardless of if you have insurance or no insurance.  If you have insurance, you can always submit your receipt to your insurance provider for reimbursement.  And don’t forget to check our website for early bird coupons and special pricing.

Where can I get a sports physical?

You can walk in to get a sports physical at your nearest MedSpring Urgent Care any day of the week.  If there’s not a MedSpring near you, it’s common for schools to host sports physical clinics or you could even schedule a primary care doctor’s visit to get the school physical performed.

How do I get the form to fill out for a sports physical?

We’re so glad you asked!  If your school or sport coach didn’t provide you a form, most of the public school districts have the forms available online.  Below are a few forms for the major school districts near our centers; if we don’t have yours listed below, we recommend just going online and searching “{name of your school or school district} sports physical form” or calling your coach.

School Sports Physical Forms for the 2018-2019 sports season:


Austin / San Marcos Area Schools

Austin ISD  

Leander ISD

Round Rock ISD

San Marcos CISD

Dallas Area Schools

Dallas ISD

Highland Park ISD  

Houston Area Schools

Houston ISD

Katy ISD

Fort Bend ISD

Humble ISD


Illinois High School Association

I need an EKG.  Does a sports physical include that?

A standard school or sports physical does not include an EKG; however, MedSpring facilities are equipped with EKG machines.  If you need to add an EKG to your sports physical, you can do so for an additional fee.

I waited until the last minute! Can I get a school physical on the weekend?

You sure can!  All MedSpring clinics are open every day, including weekends, until 8pm.

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