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Well-Child Exams & Sports Physicals

Find out what kind of exam your child needs and how to schedule.

Well-Child Exams & Sports Physicals

Physicals for athletic participation in school.

Well-Child Exams & Sports Physicals

Exams for children of all ages.

It's important to make sure your kids are on track with their well-child exams and immunizations. McFarland Clinic is ready to check on your child's wellness for the school year.

Learn the difference between a well-child exam, a back-to-school physical, and a sports physical.

Schedule Your Child's Appointment

Call any of our Family Medicine or Pediatrics offices. Online scheduling available in select locations.

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Family Medicine Offices

Family Medicine East Office

North Ames Office

South Ames Office

West Ames Office

Pediatrics Office

1215 Duff Avenue Office

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Express Care Offices

Middle School / High School sports physicals only. (Please schedule Well-Child Checks with Family Medicine or Pediatrics.)

Ames Lincoln Center Hy-Vee

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West Ames Hy-Vee

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Family Medicine Office

Dedicated sport physical clinics available now through August 19, 2024. Or schedule a daytime appointment with your primary care provider.


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Iowa Falls

Family Medicine Office


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Family Medicine Office


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Family Medicine Office


Pediatrics Office


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  • Online scheduling for Well-Child Checks only. Please call for Sports Physical availability.

Express Care Office

Sports physicals only. (Please schedule Well-Child Checks with Family Medicine or Pediatrics.)

Marshalltown Hy-Vee

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Family Medicine Office


Story City

Family Medicine Office


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Webster City

Family Medicine Office


What Type of Exam Does My Child Need?

How do you know what type of exam your child needs? How often should kids get an exam? What's the difference between an annual physical and a sports physical?

Well-Child Exams

A well-child exam is a comprehensive examination for infants, children, and adolescents. They include preventative care such as immunizations and screenings and should be scheduled at regular intervals during a child's growth.

Understanding Kids' Health Exams

Learn more about the different types of exams and physicals for your children.

Back-to-School Physicals

A back-to-school physical is similar to a well-child exam but may include forms to be filled out or specific screenings or immunizations for school attendance. Ask your provider more about what forms or other preparation may be needed for a back-to-school physical.

Sports Physicals

A sports physical is typically a yearly exam for adolescents who plan to participate in sports. They are often required by schools in order to maximize safe participation. They usually require paperwork to be completed. A sports physical does not replace a well-child exam, but a sports physical can usually be performed as part of a well-child exam.

Not sure? Ask your provider.

If you're not sure what type of exam your child needs, ask your provider. They will be able to make sure your child is up-to-date with screenings and immunizations.

Young girl and doctor in an exam room. The child sits on an exam table while the doctor stands. Both are smiling at each other.

Not Established with a Primary Care Provider?

In most cases, your child doesn't have to be established with a McFarland provider to get a back-to-school or sports physical, but there's no better time to start a relationship with a primary care provider.

When your child has a primary care provider, they get personalized care that helps them get healthy when they're sick, and stay healthy for the long run. If you want to establish with a provider, just let us know when you make your appointment.

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