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MinuteClinic Named Official Sports Physical Provider Of USA Football

MinuteClinic Named Official Sports Physical Provider Of USA Football

07/09/2014

WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark and the largest and fastest growing provider of walk-in medical clinics in the United States, announced today a joint marketing and sponsorship agreement with USA Football, football's national governing body. As part of this agreement, MinuteClinic has been named USA Football's official sports physical provider.

Through the affiliation, all USA Football members, who reside in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., can receive a special discount when they obtain their sports physical at MinuteClinic year-round. A coupon will be made available to members and must be presented at the time of visit to receive the discount. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com/USAFootball.

Sports physicals at MinuteClinic are offered seven days a week with no appointment necessary inside more than 850 select 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 receive an additional $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," said Nancy Gagliano, M.D., MinuteClinic chief medical officer. "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, an expert 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 receive a sports physical prior to the start of a new playing year. A sports physical should not replace an annual wellness physical with a primary care provider.

"It's important for young athletes to get checked before the start of a new season," said Dr. Patrick Kersey, USA Football medical director and 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."

MinuteClinic Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer Angela Patterson said parents can expect a thorough examination at MinuteClinic.

"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 said.  "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."

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