The Alaska School Activities Association requires a sports physical for high school students to participate in organized athletics and activities. In lieu of the one day sports physical clinic event this year, local clinics now offer sports physicals year round as part of regular services. This is much more convenient for busy families and allows the exam to happen closer in time to the sport season your child is participating in.
It’s important to know that a “School Sports Physical” is an abbreviated exam that checks only the requirements on the form. It is not a comprehensive wellness exam, may not pick up major issues affecting a student, and is not covered by insurance. An option to be considered instead is the annual “Wellness Exam”. One Wellness Exam per year is covered by all insurances*, does not require a deductible or co-pay, and is an extensive in-depth physical which includes updating immunizations, discussing social health risks, addressing health concerns, and any health issues that may come up in the exam. This will more than meet the requirements of the sports physical and reassure that all the child’s health is being addressed, not just the items on the sports physical checklist.
Whichever you choose, School Sports Physical or an annual Wellness Exam, please specify which exam at the time of making the appointment. All three clinics in Homer offer both exams, but it must be scheduled using the correct exam name if utilizing the insurance benefit. Sports physicals range in cost from $30-$40 depending on the clinic.
To help accommodate the need, Homer Medical Center has reserved appointments so these physicals can be done prior to the start of camps and practices. PLEASE make your appointment today! Call 235-8586. Homer Medical Center also offers a subsidized sports physical at a lower rate for families facing financial hardship. Please inquire about this at the time of setting your appointment.
*All commercial and government insurances except Alaska Retirees (Aetna).