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Sports Physicals Don't Replace Yearly Checkups

If you have played school sports, then you have had a sports physical exam. This is so a doctor can tell if you are at risk for illness, injury or sudden death during sports activities. A doctor will ask you questions about your medical history. He or she will pay special attention to your heart and muscles.

Do I still have to get a regular physical?
Even if you have already had a sports physical, you still need to have a yearly TENNderCare checkup. It may seem like too much. But a sports physical is different from a complete physical. During a sports physical, a doctor is trying to find out if you are healthy enough to play sports. Your TENNderCare checkup may involve other things that are not just related to sports. Your yearly TENNderCare checkup will include:

  • Health history
  • Complete physical exam
  • Lab tests as needed
  • Shots as needed
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Developmental/behavioral screening as needed
  • Advice on how to stay healthy

These checkups are free for TennCare members under 21. TENNderCare also pays for medical services that are needed to treat problems found at the checkup.

Whether you play sports or not, you need a checkup once a year. If you have not had a checkup lately, call your doctor for an appointment.

Need help making an appointment or getting a ride to your checkup?
Call Customer Service at: BlueCare Member Service: 1-800-468-9698 or TennCareSelect Member Service: 1-800-263-5479. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.




Note to TennCare Teens

As a BlueCare or TennCareSelect member, you can get the following free services:

  • Information on FREE interpretation and translation services
  • TENNderCare information in an audio or Braille format, if needed
  • A ride (if you need one) to your doctor or health department

Just call:

1-800-468-9698 if you are a BlueCare member.

1-800-263-5479 if you are a TennCareSelect member.

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