Overlake clinics in Redmond and Issaquah offer walk-in sports physicals

Submitted by Overlake Medical Center

As fall approaches, many young Eastside athletes are preparing to play on a community or school sports team. While participating in sports is a great way to stay in shape, learn teamwork and have fun, it can also lead to injury or illness when athletes aren’t prepared or at optimal health.

Overlake Medical Center wants to help make sure your athlete is healthy and ready before the sports season kicks into full gear. By keeping the cost of a sports physical low at $40 and making them available on a walk-in basis, the teams at Overlake’s urgent care clinics are hoping to make the pre-participation exams more accessible to Eastside families. Sports physicals are offered on a walk-in basis, seven days a week, at Overlake Medical Clinics’ urgent care clinics in Redmond (17209 Redmond Way, 425-635-6400) and Issaquah (5708 East Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., 425-688-5777).

No matter the sport being played, there is always a risk of getting hurt. Common injuries range from minor sprained ankles to more serious conditions like exercise-induced asthma attacks, heat stroke, broken bones or even a concussion.

“The goal of the sports physical is to help keep sports safe and accessible to every student who wants to play,” said Eric R. Shipley, MD, an urgent care physician at the Overlake Urgent Care Clinics in Redmond and Issaquah. “Performing a routine history and physical exam is the best way to start the season and help young athletes avoid potential injury or illness.”

Nearly all states, schools and youth sports leagues require players have a complete sports physical prior to participating in practices or games. The exam helps to make sure that those who play sports are physically capable of meeting the demands of that sport and don’t have any condition that may be provoked by intense exercise. Sports physicals are usually required about a month before the start of practice in order to allow time to address any medical conditions that are discovered during the appointment. This allows the athlete to modify his or her training routine if necessary.

The goals of pre-participation sports evaluation are to:

• Determine that the athlete is in general good health

• Assess the athlete’s present fitness level

• Detect conditions that predispose the athlete to new injuries

• Evaluate any existing injuries

• Assess the size and developmental maturation of the athlete

• Detect poor pre-participation conditioning that may put the athlete at increased risk of injury

• Detect genetic abnormalities that increase the athlete’s risk of injury

A sports physical at Overlake’s urgent care clinics also offers the opportunity to introduce patients and families to the urgent-care setting. While emergent and life-threatening situations demand treatment in a hospital emergency room at a hospital, families of young athletes can get cost-effective comprehensive care and treatment for many non-life-threatening sports injuries at an urgent care clinic.

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