The Fast And Easy Way To Get A Sports Physical

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Now that class schedules are sorted and we are all back in the school day rhythm, it is time to get ready for fall and winter sports. One of the first things on our list is sports physicals. I’ve found the quickest and easiest way to get them done and I’m sharing all about it today! Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy to help spread the word about #BetterHealthMadeEasy and how to #FindYourHealthy. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at or with the appropriate manufacturers.

Like many of our friends, we have an athlete in our home. I love that our daughter is so into being physically fit, but with that comes a big time commitment driving her to and from workouts, special equipment and of course sports physicals.

Sports physicals are being required by many more schools and cities than in the past where you are required to submit your kids proof of a physical within the last year in order to play, but depending on your child’s birthday, their annual wellness physical may not always line up with the dates for their sports teams. Thankfully MinuteClinic offers an easy and fast way to get sports physicals done and us back in the car to the next workout! 

Even if your state or school doesn’t require it, sports physicals also help to keep immunizations up to date and provide an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have. That to me is peace of mind worth paying for. A nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant can see you, no appointment necessary, and provide any of the necessary forms for your sports team.

If time is of the essence, and isn’t it always… it’s good to know that your local MinuteClinic is a great option to get signed off to play in a pinch. Like when your child forgets to give you the form and it is due back tomorrow! Not that it has ever happened to us, ha!

When we go to MinuteClinic, we just check in, wait to be called back and then have a quick appointment with our practitioner. During this time, your practitioner will review your child’s medical history and immunizations and perform a simple physical exam to determine if they are able to safely participate in their chosen sport.

Even after your visit is over, MinuteClinic can be a good resource: on the sports section of the website, there are tips on how to stay healthy, avoid injury, and even articles on tips for good sportsmanship. Ash regularly checks in for new tips and has implemented a lot of the advice there.

It is also good to know that if your child does get hurt during your season, MinuteClinic also treats minor sprains and injuries to help get them back onto the field in no time. We have used them a few times in the past for this too and the convenience of it is great for busy families like ours.

CVS is the perfect one-stop shop; when you pop in for your MinuteClinic visit, you can also grab product to help alleviate symptoms and pain such as CVS Health Extra Strength Pain Relief Acetaminophen, CVS Health Deluxe Reusable Hot and Cold Pain Relief Compress, or CVS Health Kinesiology Athletic Tape. We keep a kit at home with many of these things because you never know when you will need them.

Plus, if you’re an ExtraCare rewards member you earn 2% back on all purchases and personalized deals based on your past purchases. 

Do you have an athlete in your home too?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • My kids aren’t old enough to need these yet, but I’ll keep this in mind. I’ve heard good things about that clinic at CVS.

  • So true, when I was in school I would always get physicals, but now as an adult…not so much. This was a very good reminder to me to go get checked out

  • My Son loves to play sports. We have to get a physical done soon but my family Doctor is closed for a few weeks. I will have to look for a MinuteClinic near us. It sounds like a huge time saver.

  • Being healthy and active are one of the goals this year and it’s really important to stay consistent in your daily activities.

  • I’ve taken my boys to CVS to get sports physicals many times through the years. We get in quickly and out. It’s definitely my favorite place to get them a physical.

  • my daughter does lots of exercise and sports. It is great for her. I have never seen a doctor to make sureshe is fit for sports, I just assumed she was.

  • It is great that you don’t need an appointment and there isn’t a long wait. It is nice to have this option to go to a MInuteClinic for physicals and minor ailments.

  • I did not know I could go to CVS for minor issues. When I sprained my ankle I suffered for almost a week. I ended up going to Urgent Care which was not cheap

  • I don’t do sports but my exercise are walking, running and dancing. These three makes me sweat and helps to be energetic.

  • My step son broke his leg last year and there was a lot of rehab after he was recovered. It was actually amazing how quickly he recovered.

  • I have never heard of the MinuteClinic but it sounds like it would save so much time. Our school does require physicals and I hate making those appointments with my doctor and waiting for what seems like forever.

  • My girls do lots games and excersice. everyday but we never thought of seen a doctor to make sure she is fit for sports, But now i will certainly take them to clinic for fitness check up.

  • We do not have an athlete yet but I know we will in a few years. Our kids are really young but from what I can see in my son, he is going to need sports. We do visit CVS for other things right now though. I will certainly come here when the time comes for physicals.

  • CVS is indeed a one stop store and they have been around for many years. The MinuteClinic is a great place to get a sports physical or to be seen if you are sick. I love that they have all the information on their website related to sports injuries, exercises, etc. which comes in handy. Thanks for sharing the information.

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