At AFC Urgent Care West Long Branch we put the health and safety of our patients first and offer a wide range of services for you to access conveniently. Please just walk in and meet our friendly staff or if you prefer schedule an appointment online.

Drug screening hours: 8AM-6PM on Monday to Friday times and 8AM-3PM Saturday and Sunday.

Sports Injury Prevention for the Fall (Season)

Fall is a season that sees higher rates of sports related injuries than almost any other time of year. This can be credited to the fact that football season is in full swing, as well as many other sports that engage children and adults alike. Injury can occur at any age and any experience level, but there are some preventative steps you can take to stay safe! 

Common Injuries 

Some of the most common sports related injuries in the fall include: 

  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Concussions 

Injuries are more common in contact sports, such as football. A pulled muscle can happen from something as simple as moving too quickly in one direction before the rest of your body is ready to follow. Concussions are caused by a blow to the head or neck that causes the brain to move back and forth within the skull. 

Staying Safe during Sports

The best way to stay safe while playing fall sports is to use the recommended safety equipment, especially with children. A friendly game of football can quickly turn into a concussion if a helmet isn’t being worn! Avoid muscle sprains and strains by taking time before you play to stretch and warm up your muscles. Playing before your muscles are warmed up greatly increases your risk of injury, some more serious than others.

A fracture can’t always be avoided but using the proper safety gear is the best prevention there is. Follow the safety guidelines that apply to your sport including where a player is able to be touched, tackled, or otherwise opposed. 

Getting Treatment at Urgent Care

If you suspect you or your teammate has suffered a sports related injury, it’s important to seek treatment right way. Prompt treatment could prevent the injury from getting worse or other injuries from occurring. Find the nearest urgent care, stop the game, and go get treated! Urgent care centers are able to offer treatment for sports related injuries without the long wait times you’d find at a traditional emergency room and for a fraction of the cost. 

Fall should be a fun time spent with family and friends no matter what sport you choose to play. Remember to play fair, be safe, and don’t try to treat your injuries at home! An urgent care is the best way to get advice on the best method of treatment for your specific injury. If imaging or further treatment is needed, we can even provide you with a referral!

AFC Urgent Care accepts all patients as in office visits.

However, if you have had direct long-term exposure to an individual who has tested positive to COVID-19 and exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and require a COVID-19 test please select ‘Telemedicine Urgent Care Visit- Not in Office’ from the drop down menu ‘Reason for Visit’.Our provider will conduct their medical examination via telemedicine.

For all other tests and visits you can just walk in or schedule an appointment on line, select ‘In Office Urgent Care Visit’ from the drop down menu ‘Reason for Visit’. We look forward to meeting you.

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