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How Long is a Sports Physical Good For?  

Young female athlete on track field

There’s plenty of rules to remember when it comes to preventive healthcare. For instance, you should (ideally) visit a dentist twice every year, receive an exam from a primary care provider annually, and start considering routine cancer screenings around age 40. But, do you know how often your child needs a sports physical? Let’s take a closer look at how long sports physicals are generally good for.

When to Receive Sports Physicals

Sports physicals are typically good for one full year. However, it’s important for growing and active kids to be evaluated by a medical professional at least once every year before participating in organized athletics. Differing slightly from an annual physical, a sports physical focuses on evaluating health characteristics that are key to safe athletic participation, including:

  • Heart health
  • Blood pressure
  • Muscle strength and flexibility
  • Bone health
  • Vision and hearing

Sports Physicals at Fast Track Urgent Care

Fast Track Urgent Care’s top-rated locations in Silver Spring and Kensington, Maryland, offer sports physicals on walk-in and by-appointment bases. Led by board-certified physicians and clinicians, our practice offers comprehensive care to pediatric and adult patients during extended hours every day. And with onsite digital X-ray imaging and clinical lab testing, we can seamlessly provide additional screening when clinically appropriate.

Visit the Fast Track Urgent Care location nearest you today if you or your child requires a sports physical. Our team accepts most health insurances and is here to answer any questions you may have—just give us a call at 844-202-1532.