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Common issues encountered in adolescent sports medicine: guide to completing the preparticipation physical evaluation

Common issues encountered in adolescent sports medicine: guide to completing the preparticipation physical evaluation

Primary Care 41(3): 539-558

Participation in athletic activities among children and adolescents is on the rise in the United States. Approximately 35 million children ages 5 to 18 play organized sports each year. High school athletes suffer approximately 2 million injuries per year, resulting in 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations. In addition, early specialization in sports has led to increased incidence of overuse injury in adolescents. Head injuries among adolescents are also on the rise. Primary care providers are called on to complete preparticipation evaluations and to see adolescents with acute injuries. The goal of this article is to discuss these issues common to adolescent athletes.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.pop.2014.06.001

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