Topics Discussed: history and physical examination, sports participation; sports; sports medicine.
Sections: SPPE Medical History, SPPE Physical Examination, Qualifying Athletes for Sport Participation, References.
Excerpt:"A careful medical history and physical examination are the cornerstones of effective clinical practice when caring for children and adolescents.1 The frequency, format, contents, and usefulness of a sports preparticipation evaluation (SPPE) in predicting and preventing morbidity and mortality related to sport participation have not been validated by any long-term systematic research. Studies suggest that between 0.3% and 1.3% of the athletes are disqualified from participation based on SPPE findings and between 3.2% and 13.9% of the athletes require further evaluation.2 In the United States all high school athletes are required to have an annual SPPE...."
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