Sports Medicine

Sep 1, 2015 Issue
Should Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Athletes Include ECG? Yes: Screening ECG Is Cost-Effective [Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine]

Cardiovascular screening with ECG is a valid, cost-effective, and worthwhile endeavor in the preparticipation sports evaluation.

Sep 1, 2015 Issue
The Preparticipation Sports Evaluation [Article]

Which athletes require further evaluation before they can be cleared to play, and how do the new Seattle criteria affect the interpretation of electrocardiographic screening results?

Apr 1, 2014 Issue
Common Conditions in the Overhead Athlete [Article]

Learn which tests should be performed and when surgery should be considered.

Jan 15, 2011 Issue
Reducing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Neuromuscular training programs that include plyometric and strengthening exercises significantly reduce noncontact ACL injuries in female soccer and handball players older than 14 years.

Nov 15, 2010 Issue
AAP Updates Policy Statement on Athletic Participation by Children and Adolescents with Systemic Hypertension [Practice Guidelines]

The most common cardiovascular condition in competitive athletes is hypertension. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its policy statement using new recommendations made in the 2005 36th Bethesda Conference guidelines; the 2004 Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment o...

Mar 15, 2009 Issue
Health-Related Concerns of the Female Athlete: A Lifespan Approach [Article]

Exercise is beneficial for women of all ages and is associated with long-term health benefits and enhanced well-being. Nevertheless, active women and girls are at risk for conditions resulting from sports and exercise participation. Because of their unique physiology, children are more susceptible t...

Nov 1, 2008 Issue
Supplements and Sports [Article]

Use of performance-enhancing supplements occurs at all levels of sports, from professional athletes to junior high school students. Although some supplements do enhance athletic performance, many have no proven benefits and have serious adverse effects. Anabolic steroids and ephedrine have life-thre...

Jul 15, 2007 Issue
Common Problems in Endurance Athletes [Article]

Endurance athletes alternate periods of intensive physical training with periods of rest and recovery to improve performance. An imbalance caused by overly intensive training and inadequate recovery leads to a breakdown in tissue reparative mechanisms and eventually to overuse injuries. Tendon overu...

Apr 1, 2007 Issue
The Athlete Preparticipation Evaluation: Cardiovascular Assessment [Article]

Thousands of young athletes receive preparticipation evaluations each year in the United States. One objective of these evaluations is to detect underlying cardiovascular abnormalities that may predispose an athlete to sudden death. The leading cardiovascular causes of sudden death in young athletes...

Mar 15, 2006 Issue
Childhood and Adolescent Sports-Related Overuse Injuries [Article]

Youth sports participation carries an inherent risk of injury, including overuse injuries. Little leaguer's shoulder, a stress fracture of the proximal humerus that presents as lateral shoulder pain, usually is self-limited. Little leaguer's elbow is a medial stress injury; treatment consists of com...

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