How to Examine an Athlete on the Field: What You Should Not Miss
Team physicians have the difficult task of having to quickly evaluate the injured athlete, determining the lesion severity and assessing return-to-play strategies. Decisions regarding medical emergencies and the most frequent musculoskeletal injuries are taken in a stressful environment.
Priority is to quickly triage potentially life- or limb-threatening situations. Prompt assessment of neurovascular and functional status by the sideline provider is required. One should rely on evidenced-based guiding tools to help in decision-making.
The safety of the player, especially in the youth teams, should always be in the mind of the medical staff.
KeywordsSideline evaluation Concussion Neurovascular status Range of motion Pocket guide
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