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The Preparticipation Physical Examination
Robert Hosey and Kenneth Cayce IV
In This Chapter
Methods of conducting preparticipation exams History Physical exam The special-needs athlete Determination of clearance Future of the preparticipation exam
In 1992, the first standardized preparticipation examination form was introduced to the sports medicine community.2 Despite the availability of standardized examination forms, there has not been widespread use of a common form. Ninety-seven percent of colleges and universities require the preparticipation examination process, and all 50 states and the District of Columbia require a preparticipation examination to be completed for high school athletes.3,4 When preparticipation examinations are used in colleges and universities, only 51% required it to be done annually. These examinations have often been performed by various health care providers, including athletic trainers and nurse practitioners.5
The primary objectives of the preparticipation examination are to screen for conditions that may be life threatening or disabling or that may predispose to injury or illness and to meet administrative requirements. Secondary objectives include determining general health, serving as an entry point to the health care system for adolescents, and providing opportunity to discuss health-related topics.6 Recently, a consensus panel made up of practitioners from the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical
Society of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine has evaluated and updated the preparticipation sports examination.6 The resulting monograph, published in 2004, was designed to help physicians identify specific and relative contraindications to participate in certain sports and to attempt to produce a standardized preparticipation examination.
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