WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, the largest provider of walk-in medical clinics in the United States, is helping athletes across the country, including Pop Warner Little Scholars youth athletes, prepare for a safe season. 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.
As an official sponsor of Pop Warner, MinuteClinic is offering Pop Warner registered youth athletes an additional $5 off the current $49 price of a sports physical. MinuteClinic provides sports physicals seven days a week with no appointment necessary inside select CVS/pharmacy stores across the country.
"We are proud to partner with MinuteClinic to provide our athletes with high quality, affordable and convenient sports physicals in advance of the 2013 season," said Mary FitzGerald, COO of Pop Warner. "The health and safety of our members is our number one priority."
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 http://www.popwarner.com/.
"Young athletes should get their overall health checked prior to beginning a new season," said 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 thorough 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.
MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 650 locations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has provided care through more than 16 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive three consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.
About Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, PA, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the world's largest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a pre-requisite for participation. Currently there are more than 400,000 children in Pop Warner organizations in 43 states, Scotland, Germany, Russia, Japan and Mexico. The NFLPA estimates that 70% of all current NFL Players got their start in Pop Warner programs. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit popwarner.com, our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.