Student Athletes Need Sports Physicals Before Hitting the Field

Mizzou Urgent Care and Quick Care offer $30 sports physicals.

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Sports physicals will look a little different this year because of COVID-19, but MU Health Care has convenient options for your student athlete.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) requires all junior-high and high-school athletes to complete a sports physical to ensure their eyes, lungs, hearts and limbs are healthy enough to hit the field.

MU Health Care offers $30 sports physicals at Mizzou Quick Care and Mizzou Urgent Care. The exam takes about 20 minutes if the provider detects no abnormalities.

Tara Flynn, MD
Tara Flynn, MD

“The sports physical might be the one yearly interaction we get with our young patients,” said Tara Flynn, MD, of Mizzou Urgent Care. “So, we commonly also treat this visit as a time to speak with them about the wide range of things adolescents deal with. The conversation often touches on mental health, sexual health and nutritional habits.”

Be sure to print and fill out MSHSAA’s physical evaluation form before the appointment, and consider filling it out as a family, as it poses an extensive list of questions regarding the student athlete’s medical history and health habits.

“Take your time filling out the form,” Flynn said. “Use it as a discussion piece with your child. Make it a shared learning experience so that he or she can become both a better patient and a better athlete.”

In addition to Quick Care and Urgent Care, you can get a sports physical by making an appointment with an MU Health Care primary care provider. Quick Care and Urgent Care locations offer sports physicals for $30 cash-only.

Keep in mind that many families wait until the last minute to get their sports physicals. Visiting a provider earlier in the summer will likely result in shorter wait times. Learn about the safety precautions we're taking at our hospitals and clinics.

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