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

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


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.


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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