Some current challenges facing the athlete and their doctor

Brun, Shane P. (2020) Some current challenges facing the athlete and their doctor. Australian Journal of General Practice, 49 (1-2). pp. 23-31.

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Background: Primary care physicians are often responsible for the care of people involved in sporting and exercise activities at various competitive levels. Issues confronting the athlete and their primary care physician are the potentially serious risks, responsibilities and challenges facing those involved with sport and physical activity.

Objective: The aim of this article is to address three of the most important challenges currently facing the athlete and primary care physician caring for athletes. The challenges are to recognise the potential risks to the athlete of sustaining a sudden cardiac arrest, sports-related concussion or doping violation in sport, as each of these have serious implications for life, wellbeing, performance and/or reputation. Education and risk mitigation are also essential components of care that will be addressed.

Discussion: The primary care physician caring for athletes has a pivotal role in ensuring appropriate screening, education and ongoing surveillance to minimise the potentially serious risks facing those involved with physical activity.

Item ID: 62632
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2208-7958
Keywords: Athlete, primary care, sudden cardiac arrest, sports-related concussion, doping
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2020.
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2020 07:30
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320225 Sports medicine @ 100%
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