Why Have Pre-Season Physicals

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The purpose of this annual event is to ensure the athlete is safe to play his/her sport. The idea is to identify any condition that could lead to an injury.

In the young athlete, the leading cause of death is sudden cardiac death. Screening for cardiovascular risks is a critical component.

The two parts of the pre-season screening is the history and physical. The history is a questionnaire, that is filled out prior to the screening, with the help of a parent when necessary. Many conditions are found from these answers.The physical includes, at the least, vitals, vision, heart and orthopedic  systems.  At times, further testing may be required.

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Screening should be six weeks prior to sports participation. This will allow time to perform necessary testing if indicated, and thereby minimizing the potential for missed time to play.

An annual physical is still needed and the pre-season physical should not replace the annual medical physical and vice versa.

Find health news related to sports medicine, orthopedic surgery and recovery.  This column is authored by Dr. Michael Rieber, founder of The Joint Institute at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.


Dr. Rieber specializes in surgical joint replacement and has served as team physician for the Newark Bears baseball team, the major league soccer teams New York RedBulls & NYNJ Metrostars, the New Jersey Devils hockey team, the Newark High School football team, Penn State University football team and varsity athletes, the Hershey Bears professional hockey team, and the Hershey Wildcats men’s soccer team.  Dr. Rieber is the former mayor and current resident of Livingston.  He is also the sponsor of the 2016 school year’s Athlete of the Week for Livingston.  Write to Dr. Rieber with questions regarding sports medicine, joint surgery and recover at cfosports@aol.com

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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