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MinuteClinic tabbed as sports physical provider for USA Football
July 9th, 2014
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic has entered a joint marketing and sponsorship agreement with USA Football, the sport of football's national governing body.
As part of the agreement, MinuteClinic has been named USA Football's official sports physical provider, the CVS Caremark Corp. health clinic subsidiary said Wednesday.
Through the affiliation, all USA Football members, who reside in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., can get a special discount when they obtain their sports physical at MinuteClinic year-round. A coupon will be made available to members and is presented at the time of the visit to receive the discount.
Sports physicals at MinuteClinic are offered seven days a week on a walk-in basis inside more than 850 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide. Certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in family health care administer exams at MinuteClinic.
Now through Sept. 30, sports physicals are offered at a reduced price of $39. USA Football members get an extra $5 off when they present the coupon.
"USA Football is a national leader and innovator in promoting health and safety among youth athletes, which sets a standard for football organizations and other sports to follow," Nancy Gagliano, MinuteClinic's chief medical officer, said in a statement. "We are proud to be associated with a like-minded organization that puts player safety first and shares in our goal to help youth athletes stay healthy and play their best."
USA Football's Medical Advisory Committee — a group of doctors with backgrounds in orthopedics, sports medicine, neurological injury, rehabilitation medicine, athletic training, sports cardiology, hydration and environmental issues and exercise science — recommends that all youth and high school athletes get a sports physical before the start of a new playing year.
"It's important for young athletes to get checked before the start of a new season," stated Dr. Patrick Kersey, USA Football medical director and a physician for Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Sports Performance. "Sports physicals play an important role in identifying high-risk disorders or conditions that might affect an athlete's health and safety."
The visit is an overall assessment aimed at identifying athletes that may be at risk for further injury or illness due to sports participation, according to MinuteClinic chief nurse practitioner officer Angela Patterson. Athletes identified as being at-risk are referred for additional medical evaluation before allowing them to participate.
"During the visit, our trained practitioners perform a comprehensive medical history review, check to see if immunizations are up to date, and measure height and weight," Patterson expalined. "Practitioners will then assess vital signs and perform a thorough physical examination which includes an assessment of the patient's neurological, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and dermatologic health."
MinuteClinic practitioners also answer questions and share educational tips about the importance of stretching, hydrating and avoiding overexertion, added Patterson. Once a child is cleared to participate, MinuteClinic practitioners will provide a patient visit summary and complete the provided USA Football medical history form indicating that the child has passed the physical exam. 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 parental permission.
In addition to being the official sports physical provider of USA Football, MinuteClinic is the official retail medical clinic of USA Football.