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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org