Saturday, June 30, 2012

Where to begin- improving sports physicals

Ok here we go, you decided to improve the pre participation physicals you offer to athletes in you hometown. Next get a copy of the required form for your state and governing association. Look it over and make sure you are able to meet the required minimum. Recognize that most things on the form are not modifable risk factors, understand that as a profession we are getting much closer to being able to offer accurate, efficient and affordable cardiovascular screening in mass testing, but we are not there yet. Neurocognitive testing is currently accurate, efficient and affordable and should be included in your physicals. Musculoskeletal screening has traditional consisted for performing orthopaedic "special tests" which when positive, are not modifable unless you are a surgeon. This is where we,, come in. Accurate, efficient and affordable Musculoskeletal screening is available & you should be performing these measures on your athletes: Functional Movement Screen, Upper and Lower Quarter Y Balance Test, Hop Testing, CKC Dorsiflexion; and you should be comparing your athletes to the same peer group (age, gender,sport,competition level).  All these matter! You should be giving your athletes an "Injury Risk Classification". We are here to help you do that. I know it can be a daunting task, I know what it is like to have 400+ athletes and only be given an hour or two each year to perform physicals and I know you desire a better way. Again check out and stay tuned as I will continue to walk you through the steps. You can screen 200 athletes in a few hours and give them meaningful classifications, and individual corrective exetcises, and correctly identify who needs orthopaedic consult, who needs athletic trainer attention, who needs the strength and conditioning coach. You can do better.

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