Sports Medicine

May 15, 2019 Issue
Apophysitis and Osteochondrosis: Common Causes of Pain in Growing Bones [Article]

Apophysitis and osteochondrosis are common causes of pain in growing bones. Apophysitis is responsible for a large percentage of visits by school-aged children to a health care professional each year for a sports injury. Osteochondrosis diseases are less common. Most apophysitis disorders are self-resolving with conservative management, and many osteochondrosis disorders may resolve with a period of relative rest and close monitoring.

Jan 15, 2019 Issue
Fitness-Related Cardiac Arrhythmias [Editorials]

How many clinicians are aware that high levels of physical fitness predispose patients to cardiac rhythm abnormalities? Find out more.

Apr 15, 2018 Issue
Common Running Injuries: Evaluation and Management [Article]

Most running injuries are due to overuse and typically respond to conservative treatment. Learn which tests can help diagnose patellar tendinopathy, patellofemoral pain syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciopathy, and tibial and hamstring injuries, and the recommended treatments for each condition.

Apr 15, 2018 Issue
The Female Athlete Triad: Recommendations for Management [Editorials]

Family physicians should be familiar with recommendations regarding the female athlete triad, because prevention and early intervention can significantly reduce morbidity from this disorder.

Feb 1, 2018 Issue
Effectiveness of ACL Injury Prevention Programs [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

ACL injury prevention programs reduce the incidence of ACL injuries by at least 50% in a variety of sports, and should be used for all athletes. There is no evidence that any particular prevention program or component is superior.

Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Treatment for Calcaneal Apophysitis [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Several treatments for calcaneal apophysitis may produce modest short-term improvements in pain scores. Heel inserts and prefabricated orthotics may initially improve pain scores and dysfunction, but patients have equal improvement by three months with or without therapy.

May 1, 2017 Issue
Recreational Waterborne Illnesses: Recognition, Treatment, and Prevention [Article]

Summer months bring an increased risk of gastrointestinal, respiratory, and skin and soft tissue infections in persons exposed to contaminated water. Find out which patients need only supportive care, and which symptoms suggest a more serious etiology.

Apr 15, 2017 Issue
Preventing Sports Injury and Illness: Key Resources for Family Physicians [Editorials]

Given the limited attention paid to the role and importance of physical activity in medical schools and the limited exposure to sports medicine and musculoskeletal problems during residency, many physicians would likely benefit from additional knowledge to improve their ability to prevent and treat injuries from sports and physical activity.

Oct 1, 2016 Issue
Stretching for Prevention of Exercise-Related Injury [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Stretching before exercise does not reduce the risk of injury. However, it may slightly reduce postexercise muscle soreness.

Aug 1, 2016 Issue
Cardiomyopathy and Myocarditis in Competitive Athletes: Recommendations from the AHA/ACC [Practice Guidelines]

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) have provided recommendations regarding eligibility and disqualification of competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities. This summary focuses on cardiomyopathy and myocarditis.

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