Sports Medicine

May 1, 2021 Issue
The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation [Article]

The preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) is a common primary care medical visit for young athletes. In 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics published updated PPE recommendations. The general goals outlined in these guidelines include determining general physical and psychological health; evaluating for life-threatening or disabling conditions; and serving as an entry point into the health care system for those without a medical home or primary care physician. Consideration should be taken to address the needs and concerns of athletes who are transgender and athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Feb 15, 2021 Issue
Performance-Enhancing Drug Use in Recreational Athletes [Editorials]

Family physicians may be surprised to learn the number of their patients who use performance-enhancing drugs, either deliberately to improve athletic performance or unknowingly through contaminated dietary supplements.

Jan 15, 2021 Issue
Hip Pain in Adults: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis [Article]

Hip pain usually localizes anteriorly, laterally, or posteriorly. A focused history and physical examination can help differentiate the causes of hip pain, which is important for prescribing effective therapy. Imaging is sometimes needed for a definitive diagnosis.

Jun 1, 2020 Issue
Preparticipation Physical Evaluation: AAFP and Others Update Recommendations [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)and others have published the 5th edition of the preparticipation physical evaluation monograph. Revisions include new mental health and transgender sections and expansion of the female athlete chapter.

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.

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