Sanford Aberdeen offering physicals for athletes

ABERDEEN, S.D. (Press Release) – The Aberdeen School District recently announced the cancellation of its annual sports physical night due to COVID-19, and that student athletes in need of a sports physical will be required to schedule with a private provider. Sanford Aberdeen is offering several options for student athletes to complete their physicals, which are required for participation in all middle- and high-school sports:

  • Traditional sports physical, which includes examination by a provider and completion of the sports physical form. This visit helps determine whether it is safe for the student to participate in a particular sport. The service will be offered for a $25 cash payment, and is not billed to insurance.
  • Comprehensive well-child exam, which includes completion of the sports physical form, as well as a review and discussion of immunizations, family history, and physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. A well-child exam is billed to insurance.

A well-child exam offers an opportunity to talk about nutrition, safety, immunizations and other age-appropriate topics.

“Many parents don’t know that a well-child exam will qualify as a sports physical,” said Jacob Miller, M.D., a sports medicine physician at Sanford Aberdeen. “Well-child visits are beneficial for students and their parents, to identify and address any concerns about growth, development or behavior.”

Parents are encouraged to check with their insurance provider, as many pay 100% for a wellness exam.

Student athletes are asked to bring their school physical form to their visit, with parent portion completed and signed. Both traditional sports physicals and well-child checks are by appointment only. To schedule a traditional sports physical or well-child exam at Sanford Aberdeen Clinic, call (605) 226-5500.