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Preparing for Youth Sports with Patient First

As parents, we always worry about our children’s safety and health. This past year has put even more of spotlight on our children’s safety. And before children participate in this upcoming sport season, they don’t just need to be free from illness, they also need a sports physical. A sports physical helps determine if a child is healthy enough to participate in vigorous, physical activity. With our already busy schedules, we parents need an option to have our children evaluated by a doctor that fits into our packed day. That’s why I appreciate Patient First.

With 9 locations in the Richmond metro area, it’s easy to find a doctor near your school, work, and home. As a parent, it makes my life easier knowing that we can get to a doctor in less than 10 minutes!

I also appreciate all the information that Patient First provides prior to the physical. On their website, they tell parents how to prepare for the physical and what we can expect.

Here’s what you need to know: In a sports physical, the doctors at Patient First discuss each athlete’s family history, prior injuries and illnesses, allergies, and medication. The doctors also check the athlete’s vision, height, and weight, breathing, blood pressure and anything else that stands out during the exam.

Tip: Whenever we head to the doctor, I explain to my children what’s going to happen in the appointment and what the doctor is checking for. It helps children know what to expect, and it takes away the jitters a bit!

Most importantly, I appreciate the upfront price. For children 3 and older, it costs $49 per sports physical, and insurance may even cover it. Patient First always files insurance claims for its patients, taking the extra work off parents too. If Patient First is your family’s Primary Care Physician, most insurance companies pay for an annual physical with no patient co pay.

What I like about Patient First:

1. There is always a doctor on-site at Patient First.

2. Patient First is convenient. There are 9 locations around the Richmond metro area.

3. It’s drop-in style! They fit a family’s busy schedule because they don’t require an appointment.

4. Patient First has extended hours outside of typical business hours. Patient First is open from 8am to 10pm 365 days a year, so it is easy to fit it in before or after the school day & workday.

5. Patient First can fill prescriptions on-site, eliminating the need to visit the pharmacy.

6. It’s budget friendly. A sports physical costs $49, and your insurance may cover it.

Tips & Tricks:

1. Check the calendar provided by your sport’s team so you know when the physical is due.

2. Create a folder for your child’s forms. This will make transporting the paperwork to the doctor and to the coach much easier!

3. Complete all necessary forms from your child’s team prior to visiting & place them in your folder.

4. Explain to your child why a sport physical is necessary.

5. Bring your child’s folder to the physical.

6. Send your child off to practice with the folder!

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