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20470 N Lake Pleasant Rd, Peoria, AZ 8538220470 N Lake Pleasant Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.69(4.9k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Peoria - 20470 N Lake Pleasant Rd, Peoria
I was glad to get an appointment. I have this sinus infection that keeps me up all night, coughing. The doctor took good care and sent me home with the right medicine to end my problems.. good team

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9494 W Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ 853059494 W Northern Ave
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun12:00 am - 11:59 pm
4.56(16k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (W NorThern Ave) - 9494 W Northern Ave, Glendale
I’m revising my earlier review because I think I went to the wrong pharmacy. Fortunately, I didn’t post it publicly! But I want to make sure that my kind provider, Sam, and the rest of the staff, get full marks for their excellent work. Thank you for caring!

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5410 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 853065410 W Thunderbird Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.63(5k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Thunderbird - 5410 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale
Went there for a minor cut on my hand ask the physician assistant after he put two stitches in it Should I get an antibiotic shot and some antibiotics??? oh no, no no That was last Monday this Sunday I woke up in my hand was really hurting And stiff to close went back they charge me again, gave me an antibiotic shot and some antibiotics. That was yesterday this morning I woke up. My hand is somewhat stiffer, so I don’t know what to do. Due to their inadequate medical attention, it’s a possibility I will end up in the hospital with my hand.  Cost me thousands of dollars I don’t have plus all the pain and suffering

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9745 W Bell Rd, Sun City, AZ 853519745 W Bell Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.86(7k reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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NextCare Urgent Care, Sun City - 9745 W Bell Rd, Sun City
Scheduling was quick and easy! Once I got there, I was checked in and seen within 5/10 minutes. The staff and physician were super nice, friendly and knowledgeable. I definitely would recommend NextCare to anyone.

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10240 N 43rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 8530210240 N 43rd Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.62(5.8k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (N 43rd Ave) - 10240 N 43rd Ave, Glendale
I woke up with shingles today decided I need to go see the doctor and Urgent Care is where I went with a timely manner they saw me and treated me with medication

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18589 N 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 8530818589 N 59th Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.72(10k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (N 59th Ave) - 18589 N 59th Ave, Glendale
Checked in online, walked in, Sat in lobby for about 5 minutes. Got the treatment I needed and out the door. Very smooth

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3850 W Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850533850 W Greenway Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.53(607 reviews)
Nextcare Urgent Care, Phoenix (39th Ave) - 3850 W Greenway Rd
Brought my son in on a Sunday evening with a head injury requiring staples. Staff was friendly and efficient. Excellent bedside manner and care by the provider. We were in and out within an hour. Would definitely recommend and will be back when needed.

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20249 N 67th Ave, Glendale, AZ 8530820249 N 67th Ave
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SunClosed
4.9(1.4k reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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AlphaMeD, Arrowhead - 20249 N 67th Ave
While the staff was incredibly helpful and kind when I took my son in for sore throat and the visit was quick and fine, his prescription was sent to the wrong pharmacy. After multiple calls, it was still never sent to the appropriate pharmacy and I ended up paying more money for his script at the wrong pharmacy. I know they’re not a primary care but why have me put a preferred pharmacy if they won’t use it and why can’t the prescription be adjusted after multiple calls? Too bad.

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8101 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 850218101 N 19th Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.68(4.4k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (19th Avenue) - 8101 N 19th Ave, Phoenix
Even tho I had made an appt time, I had to wait about 30 mts. But still was very glad they are there to help when a person can't reach their regular doctor.

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5920 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850355920 W McDowell Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.61(5k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (W McDowell Rd) - 5920 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix
Kind staff, quick process. Thank you!

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13840 W Camelback Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 8534013840 W Camelback Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.83(586 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Nextcare Urgent Care, Litchfield Park - 13840 W Camelback Rd
Always great care. Easy to schedule appointments and very little wait time.

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14800 W Mountain View Blvd, Surprise, AZ 8537414800 W Mountain View Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.7(4.7k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

Highly Rated

NextCare Urgent Care, Surprise - 14800 W Mountain View Blvd
I went to urgent care, unfortunately on the computer it say you have an exray when we got there they said they didn’t why would I go see you with a most luckily have a broken foot. Please rethink the exray all you other urgent care places has one

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13075 W McDowell Rd, Avondale, AZ 8539213075 W McDowell Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.6(8k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Avondale - 13075 W McDowell Rd, Avondale
What a wonderful staff and very quick to get seen. Would definitely go there anytime I need to be seen.

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1743 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850161743 E Camelback Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
  • Jun 17 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Jun 24 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.89(1.1k reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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AlphaMeD, Biltmore - 1743 E Camelback Rd
I’ve been to both, Scottdale and now Phoenix. Both do a great job of addressing any physical issues I’ve had. Highly recommended!!

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1701 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850161701 E Thomas Rd
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
4.46(9.2k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (E Thomas Rd) - 1701 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix
Went in without any info and the lady at front desk was patient and very kind. She figured out some problems with out even asking. Soo kind got me check in ASAP. The guy that help help with the shot had sense of humor and was very clear about everything. The provider knows her stuff i feel much better now. I will def go back if I have any more issues thank you all

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3229 E Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850323229 E Greenway Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.6(3.5k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (E Greenway Rd) - 3229 E Greenway Rd, Phoenix
I have taken both of my teenagers in for sports/work physicals and TB tests the past three weeks. No problems with wait times, quality of care, or ease of checkin/checkout. Staff is friendly and efficient.

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7650 S 59th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 853397650 S 59th Ave
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.71(3k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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NextCare Urgent Care, Laveen - 7650 S 59th Ave
Staff was great and having a scheduled appointment saved me wait time. I was in and out.

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3931 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850183931 E Camelback Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
4.72(3.2k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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NextCare Urgent Care, Camelback - 3931 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
Pulled a muscle in my neck. Susan was amazing. Gave me great treatment. Fast. Concerned. Would recommend.

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4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850184730 E Indian School Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.67(3.4k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (Arcadia) - 4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
Seriously excellent service and care! I am so glad I came here! Hope I don’t have to come back but if I’m sick again this is where I am coming!

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34640 N Vly Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 8508634640 N Vly Pkwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.68(4.4k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in reviews for their clean offices

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NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (Tramonto) - 34640 N Vly Pkwy
Everyone that helped us during our visit was kind, and thorough. They were caring and gentle with my sick 5 year old. Overall great experience.

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Peoria urgent care centers with 5-star reviews
NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (W NorThern Ave) - 9494 W Northern Ave, Glendale
NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (W NorThern Ave)
Aug 22, 2021 · Glendale, AZ
The entire process for sports physical was quick. Friendly staff.
NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (N 59th Ave) - 18589 N 59th Ave, Glendale
NextCare Urgent Care, Glendale (N 59th Ave)
Mar 05, 2021 · Glendale, AZ
We were walk in for a sports physical. ALL of the staff was super friendly and had us out of there quickly.
NextCare Urgent Care, Peoria - 20470 N Lake Pleasant Rd, Peoria
NextCare Urgent Care, Peoria
Jul 19, 2021 · Peoria, AZ
Had three kids come in for their sports physicals. The check in staff was cordial and professional. The staff who took vitals and other preliminary tests had a great sense humor. The PA who performed the physical was awesome and understanding
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (E Thomas Rd) - 1701 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (E Thomas Rd)
Oct 24, 2021 · Phoenix, AZ
It was a really good experience! I loved how friendly the staff was, and how fast the wait time was. I would definitely recommend getting your sport physicals here.
NextCare Urgent Care, Sun City - 9745 W Bell Rd, Sun City
NextCare Urgent Care, Sun City
May 02, 2021 · Sun City, AZ
We came in for a sports physical and the exam was thorough but quick. Easy to schedule and zero wait time for our appointment time.
NextCare Urgent Care, Avondale - 13075 W McDowell Rd, Avondale
NextCare Urgent Care, Avondale
Dec 18, 2021 · Avondale, AZ
Sports physical. I had an appointment and waited 45 minutes to be seen. Facility isn’t super clean and the front desk staff aren’t very friendly. The nurse practitioner- Lynn - was super nice and kind.
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (Tramonto) - 34640 N Vly Pkwy
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (Tramonto)
Aug 26, 2021 · Phoenix, AZ
Came in for a sports physical, for my son. Front desk staff very helpful and the physician was great. Very clean place and professional. Wait time was very efficient. Booked my appointment over the phone easy process. Inexpensive cost for a physical. Overall great experience.
NextCare Urgent Care, Laveen - 7650 S 59th Ave
NextCare Urgent Care, Laveen
Oct 02, 2021 · Phoenix, AZ
Best sports physical experience thus far and we’ve had many. It was quick efficient and the staff was friendly. We will be coming for them next year! Excellent!
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (Arcadia) - 4730 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (Arcadia)
Aug 05, 2021 · Phoenix, AZ
I have 3 stars on wait time because the app that needs to be initiated on phone wasn’t working properly. I’m not in the habit of scanning things on my phone, because it causes unnecessary and unwanted texts and emails to me ( like this survey does instance) anyhow, after waiting for the paperwork to come thru my phone, turns out it never did. Therefore, adding another 20 minutes to my wait time. If I had received actual PAPER work to fill out, which I originally requested, it would have been much quicker and done in a timely matter. The receptionist (absolutely lovely girl) told me the only way to check in was they my phone. Well, guess what, I didn’t and filled out paperwork anyway. 😀 overall, sports physical experience was amazing. !!!

Recent Sports Physicals Reviews (20)

We have used Goodyear Alliance from the time we have moved here. Sport physicals, sinus infections, imbedded sprinters. Our wait is never long, proper care is given and billing is always properly applied. I won’t go anywhere else.

- Verified patient on 2/25

Daughter needed a sports physical. One of the easiest experiences. They were great!

- Verified patient on 4/14

I have 3 stars on wait time because the app that needs to be initiated on phone wasn’t working properly. I’m not in the habit of scanning things on my phone, because it causes unnecessary and unwanted texts and emails to me ( like this survey does instance) anyhow, after waiting for the paperwork to come thru my phone, turns out it never did. Therefore, adding another 20 minutes to my wait time. If I had received actual PAPER work to fill out, which I originally requested, it would have been much quicker and done in a timely matter. The receptionist (absolutely lovely girl) told me the only way to check in was they my phone. Well, guess what, I didn’t and filled out paperwork anyway. 😀 overall, sports physical experience was amazing. !!!

- Verified patient on 8/5

I brought my daughter in for a sports physical and she was treated by a physician we have seen in the past. He is great everytime we have been in for something (ear infection, sport injury, etc...). He takes the time to explain and listen. He is very nice and puts my family at ease every visit.

- Verified patient on 1/7

We were walk in for a sports physical. ALL of the staff was super friendly and had us out of there quickly.

- Verified patient on 3/5

Sports physical. I had an appointment and waited 45 minutes to be seen. Facility isn’t super clean and the front desk staff aren’t very friendly. The nurse practitioner- Lynn - was super nice and kind.

- Verified patient on 12/18

My son and I were there for a school sports physical. Wait time short. Exam was quick. The cost was great.

- Verified patient on 3/8

I took my two boys in for a sports physical. The doctor was so kind, efficient, and professional. It was a great experience.

- Verified patient on 7/14

It was a really good experience! I loved how friendly the staff was, and how fast the wait time was. I would definitely recommend getting your sport physicals here.

- Verified patient on 10/24

Had three kids come in for their sports physicals. The check in staff was cordial and professional. The staff who took vitals and other preliminary tests had a great sense humor. The PA who performed the physical was awesome and understanding

- Verified patient on 7/19

During a routine sports physical, the PA’s thoroughness caught a health condition super early! We are very grateful :).

- Verified patient on 2/17

Best sports physical experience thus far and we’ve had many. It was quick efficient and the staff was friendly. We will be coming for them next year! Excellent!

- Verified patient on 10/2

We came in for a sports physical and the exam was thorough but quick. Easy to schedule and zero wait time for our appointment time.

- Verified patient on 5/2

Went in for sports physicals and staff was great. Hardly no wait time. Cleanliness was excellent and Dr. was exceptional!!

- Verified patient on 6/7

Had three kids come in for their sports physicals. The check in staff was cordial and professional. The staff who took vitals and other preliminary tests had a great sense humor. The PA who performed the physical was awesome and understanding

- Verified patient on 7/19

Took my Daughter in for Sports Physical! Very friendly and professional!! ONLY thing I don’t agree with is forcing Patients that are NOT sick to wear masks!! #StandForMedicalFreedom

- Verified patient on 10/14

Waited one hour even though we had an appointment. Got into the room and had the vitals etc. done, then waited another 20 minutes or the provider. Not his fault, way too many patients and no other providers on staff. Need better staffing. Also, probably need better training on doing the eye test. We were there for a sports physical and the eye test they did showed severe vision problems, which we thought was odd. Went to our optometrist the next day for an exam and vision test was perfectly normal. Need some better system for people to wait if they have Covid symptoms. We were not there for Covid, but many others were. They were, appropriately, asked to wait outside or in their vehicles. Problem was they were waiting out there for 2+ hours. It was a really hot day. So they were in their cars roasting or with air-conditioning on and running their vehicles. Contributing to pollution and global warming. There has to be a better system than that.

- Verified patient on 8/19

I brought my son in for a sports physical for school. We were seen in a timely manner and I like that PA Tammy talked directly to my child and explained what she was doing and why.

- Verified patient on 7/21

Came in for a sports physical, for my son. Front desk staff very helpful and the physician was great. Very clean place and professional. Wait time was very efficient. Booked my appointment over the phone easy process. Inexpensive cost for a physical. Overall great experience.

- Verified patient on 8/26

The staff was super friendly, the doctor was energetic and happy even after such a long day and so many patients. It just was a long wait even with a scheduled appointment. Although we showed up an hour and a half early thinking it would help keep our place in line to no avail. We checked in online and it was very convenient. The sports physical was a flat fee and economical. I would recommend this location and will be back if needed.

- Verified patient on 8/21

School & Sports Physicals in Peoria, AZ

School sports physicals are exams used to determine whether teens can participate in sports during the school year. The exam is used by the school to make sure teens are healthy enough to participate in physical sports like basketball, football, soccer, and more. During the exam, your child will be asked about allergies, serious illnesses in the family, illnesses they had when they were younger, and any medicines they're taking. They'll also be asked about any past injuries, previous surgeries or hospitalizations, and whether they've ever had chest pain, passed out, felt dizzy, or had trouble breathing during exercise. Once the medical history is taken, the physical exam starts and the doctor will test their vision, record their height and weight, and take their blood pressure and pulse. They'll also evaluate their flexibility, joints, posture, and strength, as well as check their abdomen, lungs, heart, nose, ears, and throat.

A sports physical is important because it can help you discover and deal with any health problems that could interfere with your child's ability to participate in a sport. It's best to get your child's sports physical done as far in advance as possible before the season begins for the sport they want to participate in.

A sports physical can help you and your doctor decide whether or not it is safe for you or your child to participate in sports. Understanding what happens during a sports physical will assist you in preparing for your appointment and selecting the appropriate practitioner.

What is a sports physical?

The goal of a sports physical, according to the National Institutes of Health, is to identify any health conditions or concerns that could put you at risk for injury, illness, or death when engaging in sports (NIH). Most schools require students to have a sports physical before starting a new academic year or sports season.

According to Texas A&M University, a typical sports physical includes an in-depth discussion of your medical history as well as a physical examination. If your health is in good standing, your doctor will sign the necessary school documents, allowing you to continue participating in your sport of choice. According to the university, if your doctor suspects a medical condition, you may be encouraged to undergo more tests or wear special protective equipment such as a brace while engaging in sports.

Medical history

Your doctor will most likely enquire about your personal and family medical histories during a sports physical.

According to Texas A&M University, the most common family medical history questions revolve around a family history of heart disease and particular cardiac disorders including arrhythmia and Marfan syndrome. Your doctor might also ask if anyone in your family died of heart disease suddenly or young (before the age of 50).

Your doctor may question your personal medical history, such as whether you have asthma or other respiratory problems, headaches, a history of concussion, or if you've ever felt exhausted when exercising. According to Texas A&M University, your doctor may also ask if you've ever been diagnosed with a cardiac murmur.

The purpose of these discussions, according to the university, is to identify any potential health issues that may occur during or as a result of sports participation.

Physical examination

During the physical examination, your vital signs, eyesight, and hearing will all be tested. Heart and lung diseases are among the most common health concerns among doctors who provide sports physicals, according to Texas A&M University. Doctors also check for muscle and joint abnormalities and make sure you don't have any problems with your head, shoulders, back, or knees, according to the University.

According to the University, if you have a history of joint instability or twisted ankles, your doctor may recommend specific strengthening exercises or a change in diet if you are overweight. This is also an excellent time to speak with your doctor about strategies to improve your physical fitness before the start of the sports season.

Why is a sports physical important?

A sports physical is important because it teaches you how to avoid injuries while playing sports and how to conduct specific activities safely if you have a chronic medical condition, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
According to the National Library of Medicine, a sports physical can determine whether you are in good condition, have any present ailments, or were born with any diseases that may increase your risk of injury. Your degree of physical fitness and body maturity are also assessed during a sports physical.

When and where should I go for a sports physical?

Texas A&M University recommends scheduling your sports physical four to eight weeks before the start of the season. This gives your doctor enough time to investigate and respond to any concerns you might have during your initial session. It also gives you more time to see a medical specialist if necessary for treatment of your condition or injury.

A sports physical can be combined with a wellness exam or a well-child visit, according to Texas A&M University. It goes on to add that in some situations, sports physicals can be done on campus at your child's school. Inquire with your doctor about getting a sports physical for yourself or your children.

What if there’s a problem?

If your doctor determines that you or your child has a health or medical concern that prevents you or your child from participating in sports, he or she may work with you to resolve the issue or refer you to a specialist who can. According to Texas A&M University, scheduling your sports physical four to eight weeks before the start of the season gives you adequate time to address and resolve concerns so you may continue with your sport.

Do I still have to get a regular physical?

A sports physical does not replace a regular physical or routine checkup, according to the National Library of Medicine. To be prepared for your appointment, ask your doctor when your next routine physical is due and what might be on the yearly physical exam checklist.

Who needs a sports physical?

According to the National Institutes of Health, schools usually require children and teens who want to participate in sports to have a sports physical before the start of the new school year or sports season. A sports physical may be beneficial if you participate in community sports and activities. Check with your doctor before engaging in any athletic activity to see if you or your child requires a sports physical.

Sports Physicals FAQs

  • What do they do at a sports physical?

    A sports physical usually includes a conversation about your medical history and a physical exam, reports the NLM. The purpose of a sports physical is to identify any potential health problems that may be caused or exacerbated by sports and to treat chronic conditions or injuries that may interfere with certain activities.

  • Is a sports physical covered by my insurance?

    Sports physicals, just like annual physicals, are typically covered by insurance. Check your coverage and book a sports physical today.

  • Where can I get a sports physical in Peoria?

    In general, sports physicals are available at Peoria-area urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care doctor offices and school-provided physicians. While walk-in appointments are typically available, booking a visit online will reduce your wait time and ensure your child gets their physical done in time for the start of the season.

  • How can I book a sports physical in Peoria?

    If you are looking for a sports physical in Orlando, Solv can help you book an appointment. Simply search for Peoria-area doctors, find a provider, and book the most convenient time for you. Be sure to include “sports physical” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I make a same-day appointment for a sports physical in Orlando?

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  • Who should get a sports physical?

    Teens who are interested in joining a sport at school will need a sports physical before being allowed to participate.

  • What if you don’t pass a sports physical?

    Texas A&M University notes that if your doctor identifies a problem that could interfere with your health and safety while playing sports, they will work with you to treat and address the problem prior to the sports season, if possible. The University adds that your doctor may suggest wearing a medical device like a brace if needed or refer you to a specialist for further treatment.

  • What happens at a physical for a woman?

    Sports physicals for women are similar to those for men. They are fully physicals, however, women do not undergo a pelvic exam, reports Texas A&M University. The university adds that some female athletes may have eating disorders as a result of not eating enough while staying active and that this factor can affect their menstrual cycles. In these instances, females may talk to their doctors about nutrition and eating habits that can keep them healthy.

  • What is a physical exam?

    During a physical exam, your doctor will study or inspect your body to determine whether or not you have any physical health problems. According to the NLM, a physical test usually includes having your doctor visually inspect your body, feel it with their fingers or hands, and listen to it (such as your heart).

Sources

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  1. Sports Physicals (August 8, 2021)
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK556111/
  2. The importance of sports physicals (August 6, 2019)
    https://vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu/the-importance-of-sports-physicals/
  3. Sports physical (January 12, 2022)
    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000673.htm
  4. Physical examination (January 12, 2022)
    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002274.htm

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