By Kate H. Gamble, Senior Editor
Children and adolescents can now turn to CVS/pharmacy stores to obtain the clearance they need to participate in athletic programs. Now through May 31, 2011, MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics at select locations are offering spring sports physicals at a reduced rate of $39 (the standard cost is $59).
The pre-participation physicals—which are required by many states, school systems and athletic leagues—are administered by certified MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants specializing in family health care. Exams are offered seven days a week, including weekday evenings, and no appointment is necessary.
"During the developmental years, children’s bodies grow and change so rapidly that it's always smart to get them checked out to ensure it’s safe to participate in a sport or start a new season," said MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer Paulette Thabault. During the visit, practitioners will review each child’s medical history and verify that all immunizations are up to date, record weight and height, and provide a thorough physical exam that includes a check of vital signs and reflexes and an overall assessment of physical condition to make sure the child is not at risk for illness or injury. Educational tips about the importance of stretching, hydrating, and avoiding overexertion will also be provided during the physical.
Once a child is cleared to play, MinuteClinic practitioners will provide an official summary that can be transmitted by electronic record, fax, or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission.
In addition to sports physicals, MinuteClinic offers camp, college, and Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals on a daily basis at approximately 500 select CVS/pharmacy locations around the country.