How to Examine an Athlete on the Field: What You Should Not Miss

  • Frederico Varandas
  • Nuno Oliveira
  • João Pedro Araújo
  • Paulo Beckert
  • Paco Biosca
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Sideline evaluation Concussion Neurovascular status Range of motion Pocket guide 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederico Varandas
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nuno Oliveira
    • 1
    • 2
  • João Pedro Araújo
    • 3
    • 4
  • Paulo Beckert
    • 5
    • 6
  • Paco Biosca
    • 7
  1. 1.Medical DepartmentSporting Clube PortugalLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Comcorpus Clinic – Sports Rehabilitation CenterLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Medical DepartmentAl Jazira Sports ClubAbu DhabiUAE
  4. 4.Clínica do DragãoEspregueira-Mendes Sports Centre - FIFA Medical Centre of ExcellencePortoPortugal
  5. 5.Medical DepartmentPortuguese National Football TeamOeirasPortugal
  6. 6.Clínica CUF AlvaladeLisbonPortugal
  7. 7.Medical DepartmentChelsea Football ClubLondonUK

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