Concussions, varying degrees of heat illness, knee damage—ligament, tendon, or otherwise—as well as an increasing number of overuse injuries, are among the escalating number of sports-related injuries family physicians are treating in both their child and adolescent patient populations. The AAFP provides resources for physicians seeking up-to-date information on sports medicine and guidelines to help improve patients’ fitness safety.
Preparticipation Physical Evaluation
Get the insight needed to help your patients make the necessary preparations to safely and successfully participate in a variety of sport(s).
- Order the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Monograph 4th Edition, a complete guide to help you prepare for your patients' preparticipation physical evaluation
- Download free, easy-to-use preparticipation evaluation forms for evaluating student athletes
- Read the AAFP Team Physician Consensus Statements, developed by an expert panel of sports medicine physicians
Family physicians may be called on to screen for and evaluate concussions, as well as determine when it's appropriate to return to, or retire from, play.
From American Family Physcian
- Practice Guidelines: Evaluation and Management of Concussion in Athletes: Recommendations from the AAN -- April 1, 2014
- Subacute to Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury -- December 1, 2012
- Current Concepts in Concussion: Evaluation and Management -- January 15, 2012
From Family Practice Management