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Back-to-school to-dos: Kids' sports physicals

Banner Urgent Care offers convenient, affordable physicals in time for youth sports

PHOENIX (July 20, 2022) – Hard to believe, but back to school is only a couple weeks away.

Besides backpacks and books, back to school also means sports physicals for high school and college student-athletes. Under Arizona state law, students are required to have a physical examination before engaging in school athletic activities.

It’s a good precaution to take, says Devin Minior, MD, medical director of Banner Urgent Care, which has locations throughout metro Phoenix and Tucson.

 “It really provides a way for parents, students and teachers to make sure that the kids who are out there playing are ready to do so,’’ he said.

“Kids always think of themselves as indestructible but it’s good to know that they are right condition for school sports.’’

Banner Urgent Care provides sports physicals that look at a student’s medical history, as well as evaluate cardiac, lung and neurological functions. An electrocardiogram, EKG, may also be used to monitor their heart’s electrical activity.

In addition to fulfilling state requirements, sports physicals can also provide a valuable heads-up that a kid’s heart is not functioning like it should be. Minior estimates that one or two students out of every 100 who undergo sports physicals find a heart condition that needs further checking.

“You don’t expect to see problems in young people and when you do, you want to make sure it gets checked out.’’

The exam can take as little as 15 minutes. Banner Urgent Care charges $25 for the exam and offers them after hours for added convenience for parents.

“We feel this is an important service to provide to our customers so we have worked hard to keep our charge for this at a very reasonable rate,’’ said Brian Standage, chief executive officer of Banner Health Urgent Care Services – Ambulatory.

About Banner Urgent Care
Banner Urgent Care provides a close, convenient and affordable treatment option for patients with non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries such as cold and flu; ear, eye and throat infections; fevers; skin rashes; and sprains, strains and lacerations. Banner Urgent Care is open every day of the year and accepts most insurance plans. For more information, locations and hours of operation, please visit

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