MinuteClinic offering Pop Warner youth athletes discounted sports physicals

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As an official sponsor of Pop Warner, MinuteClinic is offering Pop Warner registered youth athletes a discount on sports physicals.

The clinic operator, which is owned by CVS Caremark, has announced that it is offering an additional $5 off the current $49 price of a sports physical. Sports physicals for fall sports participation are required by July 31 for all Pop Warner programs.

Pop Warner Little Scholars is a non-profit organization that provides youth football, dance and cheerleading programs across the country. There are currently more than 400,000 children in Pop Warner organizations in 43 states.

A Pop Warner coupon must be presented at MinuteClinic at the time of the physical to obtain the discount, along with a completed Pop Warner Physical Fitness and Medical History form. The coupon and form can be accessed by clicking on the MinuteClinic logo on the Pop Warner website.

"Young athletes should get their overall health checked prior to beginning a new season," stated Angela Patterson, MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer. "A sports physical ensures that children are fit to perform at their best on the field, court or stage."

Most other athletic leagues and school systems also require sports physicals. Certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in family health care administer exams at MinuteClinic.

MinuteClinic practitioners review medical history and check to see if immunizations are up to date. They record weight and height, and provide a physical exam that includes a check of vital signs and reflexes and an overall assessment of health. They also take time to answer questions and share educational tips about the importance of stretching, hydrating and avoiding overexertion.

Once a child is cleared to participate, MinuteClinic practitioners will provide a patient visit summary that indicates that the child has passed the physical exam and stamp any required paperwork. Copies of the patient visit summary can be transmitted by electronic record, fax or mail to the youth's pediatrician or primary care provider with patient permission. Typically this occurs within 24 hours. Sports physicals should not replace an annual wellness visit with a primary care provider, according to Patterson.

In addition to sports physicals, MinuteClinic offers camp physicals, currently available for $49, as parents and children prepare for camp season. College and other administrative physicals are also provided at MinuteClinic and are $59.

Insurance is not accepted for sports, camp or administrative physical exams. Payment is due at time of the visit (additional lab charges may apply). Requirements for physicals vary by state, and services are not available at MinuteClinic locations in Massachusetts, the company stated.

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