Sports Physical Clinics Offered in August
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is pleased to offer sports physical clinics during the month of August. The purpose of a sports physical is to ensure a child’s current health meets the requirements to play a particular sport and to evaluate for any risk factors that may need further evaluation. The seven designated clinics will be held at AGH’s four rural health clinics in Allegan, Fennville, Gobles and Otsego.
Allegan Medical Clinic (551 Linn St., Suite 150, Allegan) is hosting two clinics. The dates are Wednesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 21. Both clinics are scheduled from 3 – 5 p.m.
Otsego Medical Center (900 Dix St., Otsego) will host two clinics. The first will be on Monday, August 5, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and the second on Monday, August 19, from 3 – 5 p.m.
Two clinics will also be hosted at the Fennville Medical Center (200 N. Maple, Fennville) on Tuesdays, August 6 and August 20. Both clinics will be held from 3 – 5 p.m.
On Thursday, August 8, the Gobles Medical Clinic (406 N. State St., Gobles) will host a clinic from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Appointments are not required for these designated sports physical clinics. The cost is $15 per child and it is not billable to insurance. Students are asked to bring with them a completed MHSAA form that they received at school. Parents who are unable to attend with their child are asked to send a note giving consent for their child to be examined, along with the name of the person whom you authorize to act on your behalf.
If a child is unable to attend one of the above clinics, parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment with one of our providers to be seen for a sports physical or a well-child exam.
Sports physicals differ from a well-child exam and parents are encouraged to call their child’s primary care provider to see if they are due for a well-child exam before coming to one of the sports physicals.
“During a well-child exam, a sports physical can be done as well,” says Dr. Sara Franzen, pediatrician at the Allegan Medical Clinic. “When it is done at the same time as a well-child exam, the entire visit is covered by insurance.”
A well-child exam is a more thorough, comprehensive exam than a sports physical. The provider covers topics such as a child’s health history, behavioral and developmental milestones, nutrition, sleep, preventive health, and any necessary lab work. During the exam a child also gets a full physicals and immunizations, if needed.
Allegan General Hospital is a community hospital that focuses on always providing exceptional, compassionate and personalized healthcare for the community it serves. It recently received a Level IV Trauma Center designation. Allegan General provides a wide range of healthcare services, including primary care, orthopedics, wound center, physical rehabilitation and mental health. For more information about the hospital, visit allegangeneral.org.