The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and five other professional organisations recently released a new team physician consensus statement that outlines best practices for injury and illness prevention for athletes of all levels.
It addresses pertinent topics such as return-to-play decisions, concussion treatment, injury and illness prevention, sideline preparedness and psychological issues.
The team physician consensus statements serve as a reliable resource for team physicians and other medical professionals treating athletes, and can provide peace of mind for coaches, athletes, parents of youth athletes and the general public.
The new consensus statement updates a statement originally published in 2007. It provides recommendations regarding musculoskeletal injuries, head and neck injuries, heat illness, cardiovascular issues, equipment and injury reduction/ modification and skin infections.
Key recommendations in the paper include the importance of up-to-date treatment information for athletes, the role of sport-specific prevention programmes and cautions regarding equipment safety.
Collaborating with ACSM to produce the team physician consensus statements are the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.
“The combination of education, training and experience, together with the ongoing relationship with their team, allows the team physician to offer a unique level of medical care to athletes under their supervision,” said Mr. James R. Whitehead, executive vice-president of ACSM.
“Experts from six sports medicine associations came together to produce these guidelines for team doctors, athletic trainers and other dedicated professionals to help athletes play safe and perform their best every day,” he added.
The ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organisation in the world, with more than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals. For details, email [email protected]
The ACSM and Privit recently announced a a strategic alliance focused on implementing best practices that improve athlete health and safety. Leveraging the strengths of both ACSM and Privit, the partnership’s first offering is the Prep Profile, an online pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) tool.
To meet the growing demand for pre-participation health records and emergency information, Prep Profile focuses on four key areas of athlete safety, aggregating de-identified data and providing information about athletes that can establish benchmarks and improve programmes for optimal performance.
The Prep Profile helps medical personnel better assess an individual’s health prior to participation for the most accurate evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. It also allows authorised personnel to react quickly by providing immediate access to health information in case of a game emergency.
Using the Prep Profile, athletes, families, coaches, physicians and trainers can easily manage an individual’s health history, quickly and accurately uncover potential health issues, and have critical information available in the event of an emergency.
It also assists athletic trainers and coaches in critical situations on the field by providing emergency athlete health information that is accessible from their mobile devices. Up to 90% of potential health issues can be identified when a comprehensive health history is provided to a physician during the sport physical.
For years, organizations have been trying to develop a standard for the health information collected for the PPE process. With the level of information that needs to be collected across the various age groups, there has not been a consistent method for collecting this information.
One of the advantages of using technology to collect health information is it keeps everything in one location and is easily accessible by authorised personnel. In addition, having information available in a secured online platform allows users to easily enter information and complete the process using mobile digital devices they use every day. For details email [email protected]