The Preparticipation Physical Exam



The preparticipation evaluation (PPE) is a necessary, yet controversial and regulated, function that serves several purposes for athletic participants. At its core, the PPE is a screening tool used to identify potentially life-threatening or debilitating conditions that may manifest as a result of athletic participation. However, there are many other objectives of the PPE that are of great importance and less controversial. This chapter will discuss the pertinent details in performing an adequate PPE with special attention to the most common life-threatening conditions. Examples of medical history ­questions, exam techniques, and clearance issues will be provided.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family and Community Medicine, SIU Primary Care Sports Medicine FellowshipSIU School of MedicineQuincyUSA

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